Klopp heaps praise on Firmino and Sturridge.


Firmino is "important" to Liverpool, says Klopp.


Jurgen Klopp was pleased Roberto Firmino scored in Liverpool's 4-1 win over Stoke City on Tuesday evening. Following Liverpool's triumph at Anfield, Klopp said the Brazil attacker, who had not scored a goal in six games heading into the tie against the Potters at Anfield, is 'important' to the Reds. "Firmino played really well and he really deserved his goal," the German told Sky Sports.


"I cannot speak about his off-pitch issues, but he has been having a hard time on the pitch in recent weeks. Read More: Arsenal stronger than Chelsea, says Pulis.


"He is always important to us, though. He is working hard and always has his moments.


"It was a fantastic goal, really surprising to shoot from there, unexpected for the defenders." Daniel Sturridge scored his first Premier League goal of the season minutes after coming off the bench, and Klopp said of the England striker: "Sturridge's was goal really important as well. "It is good to see he is back and fit. We are losing Sadio Mane during the Africa Cup of Nations, so it is important to have Daniel back. "His goal was wonderful, a special instinct he has. You cannot teach that. It was a bit speculation to move there [and hope for the backpass], but it was a great goal."

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