"But I only focus on playing a good game".
There is a caveat, of course. The onus has shifted to the rest of the attack and Firmino has responded.
"I think he's been one of the most important Liverpool signings and probably the best Liverpool signing in the last ten to 15 years". I also want to help myself to make a good season.
This it did, not just by virtue of the impressive result, but the very nature of the performance.
When Liverpool blew away runaway leaders Manchester City at Anfield in January, it seemed to vindicate the curious decision to cash in on Philippe Coutinho halfway through the season.
"I don't think he has stepped up but maybe it is more obvious because his situations are not overshadowed by Phil Coutinho's situations. That is all", said Klopp.
"I've been surprised by the enormous quality of the whole squad, but most especially by what a great group of people they are and all they have done to welcome the new arrivals". I can imagine a bit because you ask me about it. I have no idea.
"People with a football brain judge him right". Only a few months ago, the Senegalese forward was in the spotlight of FC Barcelona. The Northern Irishman also favorably compares in the exhilaration stakes to his German counterpart, having taken Liverpool as close to a Premier League title as they have got since its inception in 1992. "I know it already, I don't need to look at them", he said.
Keita's dynamism, proficiency both in defensive and offensive actions, and flair on the ball means he is tailor-made for Liverpool's style. Now it's Porto and it's quite a hurdle we have to go over.
Similarly, there were reports that the player was unsettled by the speculation, and that just ties in to that emotional buy-in, that state of hypnotic seduction that is necessary to play for Klopp. He was cautious. "I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16", he said.
The Egyptian winger has got off to a flyer since joining the Reds in a £34million deal from Roma in the summer.
Klopp confirmed he will abandon his goalkeeper rotation policy in Europe, with Loris Karius retaining his place.
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