Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reviews the Aston Villa game
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hailed the impact of Roberto Firmino after the Brazilian scored a typically important goal on his Anfield farewell. The Brazilian will leave the Reds in the summer as part of a major overhaul partially overseen by Klopp.
Firmino came off the bench to score an 89th-minute equaliser against Aston Villa. Liverpool had seemed destined for a first defeat in eight Premier League outings before Firmino kept their Champions League qualification hopes alive.
Klopp conceded that Liverpool will miss the 31-year-old when he leaves over the summer. The Liverpool boss also said he is ‘looking forward’ to next season, in a clear sign that it will be a busy summer for the Reds.
“Bobby is a super, super story. He scored a fantastic goal, something he has been doing for years. It’s something we are going to miss. He has won many games for us,” the 55-year-old said.
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“It was clear in the second half that we needed to calm down. We scored a goal that was allowed and scored a goal that was disallowed so it is a draw which is okay.
“We have not been good enough this season for too long. But in the last seven weeks we have played very well. The people are not angry with us. They are looking forward to next season and so am I.”
Firmino was seen in tears after the game as he addressed supporters. He is leaving alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and Naby Keita, whose contracts also expire on June 30.
Liverpool signed Firmino from Hoffenheim in 2015. He has won a Premier League, a Champions League, and scored 110 goals in 361 appearances.
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The Brazil international conceded last week that his final Anfield outing would be emotional, explaining: “It’s a special day for me. My last game at home with the fans, with the club, my team-mates.
“I try to focus on the game because it is an important game for us and after the game I will cry 100 per cent. It will be emotional for me and for my family.”
Firmino’s goal was important – as have many of his 110 strikes for the club. The Merseyside outfit remain three points behind Manchester United and are therefore still in with a slim chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
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