It’s now about three years since one of Liverpool’s best European comebacks, overturning a 3-0 deficit against Lionel Messi’s Barcelona from the first leg to make the final before going on to lift the trophy for a sixth time in Madrid.
The Reds will have felt unlucky at the time to come away from Spain three goals down, with Jurgen Klopp labelling it one of the best away performances from his team. Roberto Firmino wasn’t fit enough to start, so Georginio Wijnaldum had to take his place as the false nine.
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He claimed: “Gini came back in the locker room after, he said to Bobby, ‘I don’t know how you do this, each game you do this?!’ So that says how important Bobby is for our team and how important he is for our club and how important he is to our style.”
Obviously, Firmino’s teammates know the importance the Brazilian has to the way Liverpool play and the sacrifices he makes, but the fact Wijnaldum was shocked after having to do the role himself highlights just how vital and hard his role is.
‘Bobby’ is adored at Anfield, with Liverpool legend John Barnes hailing him as ‘important’ and claiming the Reds should keep him at the club. He also believes he will still be the man Klopp will be calling on in the big games.
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