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Liverpool boss Klopp: Firmino performs many different roles in team

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists Roberto Firmino's role in their attack remains under appreciated.

Klopp has been irritated by debate around the striker and has never considered taking Firmino out of his team. But, ahead of the visit of Atalanta in the Champions League, the German recognised that there was a need for the forward to start scoring.

"Scoring was always important for Bobby," said Klopp. "But Bobby is a complete footballer. A football team is like an orchestra – you have different people for different instruments. Some of them are louder than others, but they are all important for the rhythm.

"Bobby plays like 12 instruments in our orchestra! He's very important for our rhythm. We can play well without him as well, but I certainly want him on the pitch and if you look at the numbers, I like it a lot having him on the pitch. He is really awesome.

"I'm not concerned about anything with Bobby. But I know from time to time it happens that he scores a goal. This goal was very important, and what I loved most was the reaction of the boys. You saw the celebration, it was really emotional.

"Obviously the players read newspapers, unfortunately, and they saw there was some criticism, so they were really happy for him to score."

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