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Top Brazil­ian scor­ers in the Premier League Gabriel Je­sus (Man City) Pages 12-13

Klopp’s view of Firmino was backed up by the play­ers, with left­back Andy Robert­son ad­mit­ting that Liver­pool would be “lost with­out him”.

The Scot­land in­ter­na­tional added: “I don’t think there is any­one like him, with his work rate, his tech­nique, his goals and his all­round play. Peo­ple will say there are bet­ter strik­ers, but for me what he does is so im­por­tant to our team.

“He’s world class. He does ev­ery­thing and that’s the beauty of Bobby. He can do it all.

“He’s our first line of de­fence, and I’ve not seen any­body bet­ter at do­ing that. He presses the de­fend­ers and doesn’t give them a minute. He comes back and nicks the ball in mid­field for us.

“He’s so im­por­tant for us de­fen­sively and then he goes up the park and scores goals and makes as­sists. That’s what we need him to do.”

The only note of cau­tion sur­round­ing Firmino would be his in­tense sched­ule. He helped Brazil win the Copa Amer­ica in July, so his sum­mer break was a brief one.

Now, as the Premier League takes time to catch its breath dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional break, the striker will fly to Mi­ami and Los An­ge­les for his coun­try’s friendlies against Colom­bia and Peru. All Klopp can do is cross his fin­gers and hope his player re­turns fit and healthy when ac­tion re­sumes on Sept 14 at home to New­cas­tle.

While Firmino was smil­ing at Turf Moor, Mane was growl­ing when taken off, still un­happy about not get­ting the ball off Salah when bet­ter placed in an at­tack. But given the Egyp­tian’s sen­sa­tional goal record, Klopp knows it is hard to be too crit­i­cal.

“I could de­scribe five or six sit­u­a­tions where ev­ery­one thought, ‘pass it, pass it, pass it’ and Mo scored,” he said. “That is the free­dom of the player.

“It is not a big chal­lenge, but you can al­ways have this with a striker. We will leave it 100 per cent be­cause we won 3-0 and ev­ery­one goes away in dif­fer­ent direc­tions. No one will talk

about this in a week.” Though they failed to win, the fault lay much more with the lack of ruth­less­ness in at­tack than any de­fi­cien­cies in de­fence – just as in the pre­vi­ous games against Wolves and Crys­tal Palace. “I feel like we’ve been fairly solid de­fen­sively, but the fine mar­gins are the set plays and they’re pun­ish­ing us and we’re not be­ing clin­i­cal at the other end,” said de­fender Harry Maguire. The long-term fu­ture may be bright for United given the form and prom­ise of their younger play­ers, but no man­ager can look too far ahead. Ma­son Green­wood (left), in just the eight min­utes he was given, did more than both Juan Mata and An­dreas Pereira, who started. Aaron Wan-bis­saka was again im­pres­sive. It was a less im­pres­sive show­ing from Mar­cus Rash­ford, but Scott Mc­tom­i­nay was busy and in­dus­tri­ous.

Vi­tal pres­ence: Roberto Firmino scored one goal and made an­other in Liver­pool’s win at Burn­ley

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