Jurgen Klopp played down Roberto Firmino’s season-long goal drought at Anfield and insisted it ‘won’t be a problem’ for the forward after he once again fired a blank in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Burnley.
The Clarets brought an end to the champions’ 100 per cent Premier League record at home this term after Jay Rodriquez cancelled out Andy Robertson’s header with a clinical strike in the 69th minute.
Nick Pope produced a superb performance between the sticks for the visitors and Klopp reserved special praise for the ‘sensational’ goalkeeper shortly after the final whistle.
Firmino’s poor goalscoring record on Merseyside has been the subject of much discussion in the latter half of this season and the Brazilian came close to finally breaking his duck but was denied by the post.
It means Firmino will have gone the entire 2019/20 campaign without scoring at the stadium if he fails to find the back of the net when Liverpool play host to Chelsea later this month.
Asked about the striker’s goal drought after Liverpool’s draw, Klopp responded: ‘It won’t be a problem for Bobby so I hope he won’t read your newspaper if you make a story of it.
‘We need him for other things and we only have chances for other players because of how he plays.
‘We are not worried at all. An outstanding game from him.’
The Liverpool head coach felt his side should have killed the game when they had the chance but applauded Burnley for the spirited performance they produced away from home.
‘It’s our fault because we should have closed the game but we didn’t do,’ the German added.
‘Burnley is a team who stay in the game and they have two top strikers who constantly go for each ball.
‘It was an intense period and at the end we were pushing up and they are always dangerous. That’s why you have to take your chances.
‘But we stand here with only one point and that is not exactly what we wanted.’
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