With Dominic Calvert-Lewin on fire at Goodison, it brings a sharp derby focus on the striker at the other end.
Liverpool have had 10 different goalscorers this season, but their centre forward Roberto Firmino isn’t amongst them.
And worse, in 10 games against the bitter rivals from across Stanley Park, he has NEVER found the net.
It is the most games he has played against any opponent for the Reds without a goal.
And given he has scored only three times in the Premier League in the whole of 2020, it is becoming something of a problem, even for his own supporters.
So when does it become too big a problem? Jurgen Klopp is emphatic in his answer. “I don’t know when it becomes a problem for me…but it is not even close to becoming a problem.
“These are the things where I have to be different to the outside world. I can’t judge moments, periods, like you judge them – for me what is important is how influential the player is, how he works for the team.
“We lost the last Premier League game – before that we had won them all. Bobby hadn’t scored in them but he had been incredibly influential. That is what is important.”
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Klopp accepts though, his striker’s record is bound to inspire some serious questions. He scored only nine goals in total in the title winning campaign…and just one at Anfield. In fact, he has one league goal in 19.
The manager is the first to question it, but the last to reach for the dreaded axe. “Yes, we want him to score. We want him to come in the positions where he scores. Yes could have scored at Villa, early. And plenty, twice for sure.
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“I know that. He doesn’t like that. I don’t like that. But it is not the one thing I think about when I think about Bobby.
“If a player like Bobby is not scoring, people focus on that. Then you realise sometimes that even from time-to-time he loses the ball. So people ask: ‘Is that Bobby Firmino?’ Yes it is. He scored twice for Brazil. He is in a top shape, to be honest.”
Klopp has Sadio Mane and Thiago back after Coronavirus quarantine, but Naby Keita is out following his virus issues with the Guinea national team.
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