Klopp lauds Liverpool pair for scoring one of his ‘favourite goals’ in a ‘long, long time’

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool v Norwich February 2022

Jurgen Klopp has hailed Roberto Firmino’s finish against Arsenal as one of his “favourite” Liverpool goals in a “long, long time”, helped by Andy Robertson’s contribution.

The Reds closed to within one point of Manchester City at the Premier League summit with a 2-0 win on Wednesday. Following a tricky first half for the visitors, they almost went a goal behind through Martin Odegaard.

However, Alisson Becker produced a fantastic save and Liverpool then went up the other end and secured all three points.

Diogo Jota netted the first at Aaron Ramsdale’s near post after Thiago Alcantara’s pinpoint through ball.

Still, Firmino’s neat flick for 2-0 was crafted with – as Klopp described it – “the full package” of left-back Robertson. The Scotland international had his initial cross cleared, but raced to win it back on the touchline.

He then bypassed his marker and slid the ball into Firmino to finish.

Klopp told a press conference on Friday: “It’s the full package of Robbo, not only as a player but as a person as well.

“He wants really desperately to deliver and work for the team. The goal was one of my favourite goals for a long, long time to be honest.

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“Firstly to win the ball back and secondly Robbo is waiting with his cross until he saw Bobby is now ready for it.

“He and Trent [Alexander-Arnold] obviously set up a lot of goals. There is still space for improvement in the decisive moments and that was an incredible pass.

“Of course Bobby had to do a lot to get it past Ramsdale, but the cross was outstanding. It’s not the first one and I hope it’s not the last.”

Liverpool return to action on Sunday in FA Cup action. They play Nottingham Forest in the quarter-finals at the City Ground.

Right-back Alexander-Arnold will not feature after he picked up a hamstring injury which will keep him out for “weeks”.

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However, midfielder Harvey Elliott may come back in. The 18-year-old, who recently came back from a lengthy lay-off due to an ankle injury, has not played since the fifth-round win over Norwich.

Klopp said when asked if Elliott’s lack of minutes has been because of post-injury management or competition: “Both, to be honest it’s the competition for places.

“He was really long out, came back immediately, looked like ‘Wow, he is back’, but then everything settles slightly.

“That’s how it is, it’s a completely normal situation, all fine, he’s training well.”

Liverpool are looking to maintain their quadruple hopes when they face Forest.