Klopp accuses the media for going after Firminho
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Klopp accuses the media for going after Firminho

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has accused the media of going after striker Roberto Firminho.

The Brazilian scored in Liverpool’s weekend win over Leicester City after being accused by fans and pundits of not scoring enough goals with some of the club legends urging the German to start Diogo Jota in his place.

Speaking on Tuesday, Klopp said: "Scoring was always important for Bobby but he is a complete football. Football is like an orchestra and if you have different people for instruments, some of them are louder but all are important for the rhythm. Bobby can play without (goals) as well.

"We always celebrate goals but this one was really emotional. The players read the newspapers and they saw some criticism (of Firmino).”

Asked about the form of Takumi Minamino who has rarely played for the club since joining in January, Klopp insisted that the Japan attacker has struggled for action only due to the strength of Liverpool's attack.

“Minamino has trained well, really good. It's just a strong team and offensively - thank god! - we haven't had the same type of problems. No dip in form for him. Just a challenge. He is working hard," he added.

Klopp was speaking ahead of their Wednesday night Champions League clash with Serie A side Atalanta.

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