Jurgen Klopp’s comments to Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino after Spurs winner

Roberto Firmino has come in for plenty of criticism this season.

The Brazilian striker has found goals hard to come by and had his place in the Liverpool side threatened by new signing Diogo Jota.

But he came up trumps when it mattered with a fine header in the last minute of their top-of-the-table clash with Tottenham on Wednesday night.

Firmino’s winner handed Jurgen Klopp’s side a priceless three points – and the German manager insisted after the game he never doubted him.

And he kept his message simple at full-time as he disclosed exactly what he told the forward after his match-winning moment.

"I just hope he never doubts himself, there is so much talk about it but I just said 'Bobby, you've scored'," Klopp said.

"He scores goal and important ones for us. And it is not so much about who scores them because for us, the only thing that matters is the ball in the back of the net.

"For us it is about the way, how we get there, things like crossing, passing, finishing. But making runs to open up the gaps, they don't all see that.

"I understand that but I am not surprised that Bobby scores goals. I am happy that he scored tonight because it was very important for him as well but more for us.

"So, just, let's keep going.”

Firmnio’s performance drew praise from ex-Liverpool man Danny Murphy, analysing the game on Match of the Day.

”Firmino, he’s had a bit of press in the early parts of the season when Jota came in and started scoring goals – is he the man?" Murphy said. "Well, tonight, he showed a performance where he was saying he is the man.

”What I loved about him, he was in the box trying to score goals, which is what you want your striker to do.

"We know he’s brilliant (at dropping deep), great awareness of those around him – good runs, good movement, strong and reliable with the ball. But he kept getting in there. His fitness looks good, he looked hungry.

"You could see the pleasure in his face with his celebration. It looked as if it had some frustration in it with what’s been going on."

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