Jurgen Klopp praises Roberto Firmino after 1-0 loss to Manchester United

The Liverpool manager was happy with the 24-year-old despite a goalless display against Man United.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for Roberto Firmino after his side's 1-0 loss to Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds dominated possession against Louis van Gaal's men and saw just one shot on target made against them.

That shot, however, ended up with Wayne Rooney hitting the back of the net. Liverpool had no one of their own to conjure such moments.

But Klopp was pleased with Firmino's contribution up front, with the Brazilian playing as a false nine.

That said, the German was under no illusions about what unfolded at Anfield and admitted Liverpool did not fulfill the one duty required during such a big occasion.

Liverpool pretty much did everything else. They were solid in midfield, won all their tackles and produced some brilliant build-up play.

In the final third, though, they just weren't up to it - while their defending for Manchester United's winner was, as ever from set-pieces, truly woeful.

Next up for Liverpool is an FA Cup replay against Exeter City, before a trip to Norwich City and then the all-important Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Stoke City. It's looking like the cups will be all the Reds have to play for this season.

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