Jurgen Klopp says Roberto Firmino is being appreciated more after Philippe Coutinho left

Roberto Firmino

 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes forward Roberto Firmino will be appreciated more since the departure of Philippe Coutinho.

Klopp feels that since Coutinho’s move to Barcelona in January, Firmino, who has netted seven times in eight Champions League games, will be able to take more of the limelight.

“When I came in I said immediately that I was happy Roberto was here,” the German said ahead of his side’s last-16 tie against Porto.

“I don’t think he has stepped up recently but maybe it is more obvious because his situations are not overshadowed by Phil Coutinho’s situations. That’s how it is.

“He’s a very important player and he doesn’t always have to be the standout player. As often as he can be, that’s good.

“Is he underrated? I don’t think so, not anymore. I don’t know what other people think about Roberto Firmino. But people with a football brain judge him right.”

Craig Shakespeare hailed youngsters as they win against Apollon Limassol

Everton's starting XI
Everton’s starting XI

 

Craig Shakespeare, who took charge of the Toffees while new boss Sam Allardyce is a way due to a pre-arranged medical appointment, created a team made of fringe players and kids and defeated Apollon Limassol 3-0.

Everton avoided finishing bottom of the group and Shakespeare gave credit to his young players who made the win possible.

Harry Charsley and Fraser Hornby made their debuts in the XI for the dead rubber. Shakespeare also introduced three teenagers from the bench for their maiden first-team appearances where 16-year-old Anthony Gordon was introduced.

This was the youngest starting line-up made by an English team for a European group game in eight years.

Shakespeare hailed 20-year old Ademola Lookman for scoring twice in the opening half an hour while Nikola Vlasic added a third late on.

Apollon Limassol 0-3 Everton
Apollon Limassol 0-3 Everton

 

“I do. Remember he’s only young and there were a lot of young players on that pitch.

“Of course as young players, they need the opportunity, but they also need to show the ability as well. He (Lookman) did tonight.

“We just said to the squad after, look at this as a starting block and in the football, you get your just rewards most of the time. The work ethic was there for all to see and so were the rewards.

“Hopefully that will give the young boys a bit of confidence and they can have a good career in the game.”

Ademola Lookman

 

When asked about Sam Allardyce possible reactions toward the outcome of the game, he said:

“I didn’t speak to him during the game, I’ll give him a ring after,” Shakespeare added of Allardyce. “I’m sure he watched it and I’m sure he will be delighted.

“The whole team did well. To keep a clean sheet and score three…they take enormous credit from that.

“The second goal was a very good one. A team goal. We played some really good stuff first half. With more care, we could have had more.”

Atalanta defender Mattia Caldara strips down to his underwear after winning against Everton

Mattia Caldara
Mattia Caldara strips down after winning against Everton.

 

Atalanta celebrate their win of the Europa League on Thursday night and defender Mattia Caldara had to show how much he enjoyed winning.

The 23-year-old took off his shoes, shorts and socks and run around the pitch in just his underwear and underlayer.

The Toffees remain at the bottom of Group E and just had one point from five games.

Everton vs Atalanta
Everton vs Atalanta

 

David Unsworth already had six games after taking temporary charge from Ronald Koeman but only won once.

Everton returned to European football but with the terrible lost against Atalanta, it could be seen that the Toffees are greatly struggling.

Everton sit 16th and will go against Southampton on Sunday.