Jurgen Klopp says he was “relieved” that Roberto Firmino scored in the 3-0 win over Leicester at an empty Anfield, which the Liverpool boss labelled b******s and b*******”.
Klopp said his under-strength side were “on fire” as them demolished in-for Leicester. The German coach’s mood soon turned sour at the final whistle as Klopp let fly with a rant at Sky Sports which the broadcaster did not air.
It was only the Brazilian’s second goal in 12 games and he has come under fire with pundits and the media suggesting Diogo Jota could well replace him in Klopp’s starting XI.
Firmino though impressed during the victory and after hitting the post and seeing a shot agonisingly cleared off the line, he headed home the third goal.
“What they say about Bobby is ridiculous. It’s because you have nothing else to talk about is my feeling,” said Klopp.
“How happy am I for Bobby? Very!
“I think you saw it earlier than me: the closest ‘not goal’ with goalline technology. We are very happy and relieved.
“He deserved it so much, played a super game, so important, and when he scored you could see all the players think ‘Yes, absolutely the right goalscorer’.”
Liverpool’s win also set a new club record of 64 top-flight matches unbeaten at Anfield, but Klopp played it down.
“My problem is that at the moment I’ve spoken so much about football that I’m only thinking about the next game,” said the Reds boss.
“But there will be a moment in the future when I think back and hopefully the number will not be 64 but more.
‘b******s and b*******’
“It is absolutely incredible, but it’s all about the boys. It’s really difficult to achieve something like this when you think about how tight a lot of the games were and the boys had to dig in.
“We really enjoy playing here, it is our ground, our home, everything feels like home even when the people aren’t there – which is absolutely b******s and b*******, it doesn’t feel right but we have to do it.
“The boys on the pitch performance-wise are incredible and that is the only reason for the number.
“It is tricky to set records at this club because our fathers and grandfathers were obviously pretty good.
“I am happy for the players but it doesn’t feel like this in the moment because we play on Wednesday (against Atalanta at home in the Champions League).”