Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Ferdinand: Salah was celebrating with bottle throw after Firmino’s late victor

Ferdinand: Salah was celebrating with bottle throw after Firmino’s late victor

"He's a big miss for us but he is around most of the time and so is still working on the good atmosphere in and around the team".

Firmino's rare absence from the team gave Daniel Sturridge the chance for his first Champions League start for the club more than five years after joining them and he repaid Klopp's faith with the opening goal from his first chance.

Ahead of Saturday's home match against Southampton, Klopp praised Shaqiri for the attitude he has shown as he waits for his chance.

Firmino overcame an abrasion of the eye to come off the substitutes' bench and score a dramatic stoppage-time victor in Liverpool's 3-2 victory in their Champions League opener on Tuesday night.

'He is very lively, very positive, ' said Klopp.

"In that department, the last two games he was outstanding".

"I sent him a message on Monday saying, "Hey Bobby, come on, we need you".

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He was on the ball and was active. "I think we will speak soon, just to see where everything is and how the land lies". Mateo Kovacic limped off with an injury in Chelsea's win over Cardiff.

"On the defensive side the last two games were outstanding, ideal from him", said Klopp, according to the official Liverpool website. Will it be 40 (goals again) at the end of the season?

"Dejan is close. He looks really fit; he did a lactate test last week and fitness-wise he is on a really OK level for his situation - rather good than average". He lost possession 21 times against Paris Saint-Germain and it was his mistake that led to their equaliser.

"I'd love to play in their front three, I'd fit in ideal!"

"The most important thing is he's physically in very good shape and that helps". "The rest will follow", said Klopp.

"I don't think this is a marker, it is just a start to the campaign".

Not only could the PSG manager not live up to his fellow German at Borussia Dortmund but the Liverpool manager beat Tuchel in the Europa League and last night doubled down with victory over PSG. I like to drop off, in that number ten role, and if you've got two players who are that quick to play in on either side of you, it's a striker's dream. We are really waiting for him without making pressure on him and we know that it will take a long time.

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