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Jurgen Klopp Claims Brazil Must Be “Wonderful” if They Aren’t Picking Roberto Firmino

Jurgen Klopp Claims Brazil Must Be “Wonderful” if They Aren’t Picking Roberto Firmino

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp aimed a light-hearted jibe at the Brazil national team this week, claiming they must have a “wonderful team” if they can play without Roberto Firmino.

The ex-Hoffenheim star has been in sensational form for the Reds so far this season, scoring five and grabbing three assists in the Premier League.

However, the 25-year-old clearly isn’t deemed good enough to play a pivotal role his country.

Brazil’s manager Tite gave Firmino just eight minutes of playing time during the international break – something which Klopp has clearly been paying close attention to.

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The former Borussia Dortmund coach joked on Liverpool’s official website that Brazil must be the favourites to win the next World Cup if they can afford to leave Firmino on the bench:

“One thing for Brazilian football, congratulations to this team – as long as you can play without Roberto Firmino, you must have a wonderful team!

And you are big favourites, for me, for the next World Cup!”

Klopp also took the opportunity to speak about another Merseyside-based Brazilian in Philippe Coutinho.

“Everybody forgets when they think about Phil that he is still very young.

“So you say ‘Now he is the player we dreamed of’. Nice.

“He’s 24, so still young and a long way to go and a lot of space for improvement and a lot of space for development.”

Liverpool, who are currently top of the Premier League after 11 games, travel to Southampton this weekend looking to extend their strong start to the campaign.

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