Firmino suggests scrapping Klopp instructions got him back amongst the goals

Roberto Firmino has found goals hard to come by at Liverpool in recent months.

Firmino is yet to find the back of the net so far this season having failed to hit double figures in the Premier League for the first time last season.

But he has got back amongst the goals on international duty, scoring twice for Brazil in a 5-0 win over Bolivia at the weekend.

Much has been made of Firmino’s role as a deep-lying striker for the Reds as a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s system.

Against Brazil, he has been given freedom to ignore Klopp’s instructions to drop back and instead focus on getting in the box.

And he suggested that was a key factor in him finding the back of the net more as he admitted he sees benefits of both roles.

Asked if Tite had told him to track back less, Firmino told FIFA.com: “Yes. It’s not that he asked me not to help out, but he wants me to always be in the area.

“I still have to get back to mark, but he wants me to chase back less after the ball, be in the box more.

“I have a natural urge to help out, get back – I do this for Liverpool – so I have put this aside and do what Tite has asked of me.

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“I enjoy being involved in play, creating goals, but I also enjoy being in the box, scoring goals.

“Scoring two goals (against Bolivia) was an incredible feeling. I had more chances, I could have scored more, but I’m very happy.

“I’m 29, I feel I’m at the best moment of my career. I want to keep working hard and help Seleção (the Brazil national team) reach the World Cup.”

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