Jurgen Klopp insisted Roberto Firmino’s goalscoring drought at Anfield shouldn’t become a burden to the Brazilian.
Remarkably given Liverpool’s runaway Premier League title success their main centre-forward hasn’t scored a home Premier League goal this season.
He struck the post and had other chances blocked in yesterday’s 1-1 draw against Burnley but still hasn’t found the net at Anfield in the league since March 2019 against Spurs.
Roberto Firmino (left) extended his long wait for a Premier League goal at Anfield on Saturday
The striker came agonisingly close but has now not netted in the league at home for 16 months
‘It cannot become a psychological problem because Bobbie played today an outstanding game and we don’t judge him,’ said Klopp.
‘We just don’t think about it, it’s not important who scores. We need Bobbie for other things, we need Bobbie in spaces where he was today. We need him as link-up for all the other things.
‘We only have chances in other positions because Bobbie plays the way he plays.
‘There were moments when it was Liverpool against Nick Pope. It is the biggest challenge in football to play against a team which is that organised and has such an outstanding attitude like Burnley has.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he was pleased with Firmino’s performance and link-up play
‘We created super chances but there was always one guy who wanted to deny us and it was Nick Pope.
‘We should have scored more but I am fine with the performance, for 80 minutes I would say.’
Liverpool only have one home game left against Chelsea for Firmino to break his duck this season.
Speaking after defender Andy Robertson had scored Liverpool’s only goal, Klopp predicted Firmino would find his shooting boots again at some point.
Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope (second from left) was in inspired form to keep Liverpool at bay
‘He will score. There is absolutely no doubt about it. It will not become a problem.’
Burnley also hit the woodwork, coming closest to threatening Liverpool’s three-year, 58-game unbeaten home league record with Johann Gudmundsson’s late shot.
Klopp conceded: ‘For different reasons this score (1-0) left the door open for Burnley and it was always clear they had corners where [Alisson Becker] was under pressure from three or four players and then free-kicks on top of that.
‘I feel like we have lost the game – we didn’t, I know that. It was a draw but I cannot deny it feels like we completely lost the game.’
Klopp spoke of his admiration for Pope and admitted that the draw felt like a defeat for his side
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