Three games into the 2018/19 Premier League season and Roberto Firmino is yet to score a goal for Liverpool, despite them winning all three games.
But is Jurgen Klopp concerned? Of course not.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s 1-0 win against Brighton, the German said he’s very happy with the start Firmino has made following a short pre-season.
Having featured for Brazil at the World Cup in the summer, Firmino only had two weeks to prepare for the new campaign.
“I think he’s had a very good start,” said Klopp. “He had two weeks’ pre-season, which is quite a short one for a player who needs his physical fitness as much as Roberto does.
“I’m completely happy. After two weeks preparation and a Brazilian holiday he is much sharper and fitter than I would have expected. He came back in a really good shape.
“It’s as good as it can be but, of course, he is involved in all of our offensive situations, even with opening the gap with a run or playing the pass or whatever.
JUST GETTING STARTED
“It is all fine. It is exactly how it should be and he can improve like we can all improve.”
Firmino looked sharp during Saturday’s 1-0 win over Brighton but just couldn’t find a way past Mathew Ryan.
The Brazilian clashed with Brighton’s goalkeeper in the second half and had to go off the pitch to replace his socks, which prompted a weird reaction from Richard Keys.
As Firmino put his boots back on, Keys pointed out the fact they were blue – the same colour as Liverpool’s rivals, Everton.
Firmino in blue boots? I’ve mentioned this before. Never in years gone by. You wouldn’t find an Evertonian with red boots on.
— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) August 25, 2018
“Firmino in blue boots?” he tweeted. “I’ve mentioned this before. Never in years gone by. You wouldn’t find an Evertonian with red boots on.”
What’s your point, Richard?
Keys’ tweet about Firmino wearing the same coloured boots as Everton’s kit received a huge backlash – check out some of the replies below.
It says a lot that even a Manchester United fan slammed Keys for his tweet. Who cares what colour boots Firmino wears anyway?
Not that the Brazilian will care. Liverpool are top of the Premier League and two points clear of the holders, Manchester City.
Ffs is that all you have, tonight?
— michael kennedy (@Michaelkk77) August 25, 2018
— Hersini (@HersiniJunior) August 25, 2018
If ever a tweet defined a nonce it’s this
— Kieran (@Kieran_LFC10) August 25, 2018
You’re 61 years of age…have a word with yourself
— Dave Crawford (@davecrawford84) August 25, 2018
Pogba had blue in his hair when he inspired a comeback against City. Who cares
— Hal (@haldad8) August 25, 2018