Jurgen Klopp rounds on “ridiculous” Roberto Firmino critics as Liverpool beat Leicester
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Jurgen Klopp says the ongoing criticism of Roberto Firmino is "ridiculous" after the Brazilian capped the Reds' 3-0 win over Leicester by grabbing a long-awaited goal.
Firmino found the target for just the second time this season when he headed home a corner from James Milner with just four minutes remaining at Anfield.
The Brazilian had earlier been denied a goal by a mere 1cm following a clearance off the line, but his persistence paid off as he capped off a fine victory that moved the Reds level on points with Tottenham at the top of the Premier League.
Jonny Evans had put through his own net in the first half, with Diogo Jota adding a second as Liverpool set a new club record of 64 home games without defeat.
Firmino celebrates scoring Liverpool's third
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Klopp was delighted after the game.
"Very (satisfying win). We deserved it, 100%," he told Sky Sports.
"The boys played an incredible game against a top opponent. The boys were really on fire football-wise."
When pressed on Firmino, he added: "What people say about him is just ridiculous, it's just because they don't have anything else to talk about. He played outstanding again."
Milner also paid tribute to Firmino as he reflected on the win.
"First half very good, second half not as good. There were a lot of miles in the boys' legs with internationals," said the club's vice-captain.
Milner impressed both at right-back and in midfield for Liverpool
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"We kept the ball pretty well and took the sting out of it. Bobby [Firmino] is the unluckiest man alive for the first 80 minutes. He deserved his goal. He was outstanding."
On his own display, he added: "I want to start as many games as I can – I know that won’t be every game these days.
"It's hard to get that rhythm with all the international breaks but it’s a long wait until the next one.
"It’s impressive we’ve kept it [their unbeaten home run] going without the fans. Hopefully we can keep it going until they can come back."
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