Manchester United legend Patrice Evra admits celebrating Roberto Firmino goal as Jurgen Klopp dubs criticism ‘ridiculous’ after Liverpool’s win vs ......
Nov. 22, 2020
Manchester United legend Patrice Evra admitted celebrating a Liverpool goal in their 3-0 win over Leicester on Sunday.
The Reds made it 64 unbeaten league games in a row – a new club record – thanks to a Jonny Evans own goal and strikes from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino.
The Brazil striker has struggled to find the net in recent months with just three goals in his last 24 Premier League matches.
Firmino hit the post and had his rebound cleared off the line, before finally scoring Liverpool’s third goal four minutes from time.
And he had a surprising supporter in five-time Premier League winner Evra, who made 377 appearances for Manchester United between 2006 and 2014.
He told Sky Sports: “It’s not an excuse when you play for a big club like Liverpool, you need to perform.
“You need to have two teams, three teams if you want to keep winning the league.
“Jurgen Klopp will be really pleased with his players. To be honest, we were happy.
“Even as a United fan, to be fair, when I saw Firmino score I was quite happy because he’s struggling a lot. He’s a great performer. That’s what I want to see.”
Sky Sports presenter Dave Jones said: “I never thought I’d see it from you, Patrice, celebrating a Liverpool goal.”
And Evra jovially replied: “I was really surprised – I must be too tired. It’s been a long day.
“That’s why I was celebrating because I thought it was United playing!”
Firmino’s starting place has been questioned by a section of football fans for his lack of goals in a free-scoring Liverpool team.
And Klopp hit back at criticism towards his No.9.
He said: “Bobby, what people say about him, it’s ridiculous. It’s just because you have nothing else to talk about sometimes. That’s my feeling.
“You cannot be closer to a goal than he was tonight. Everybody thought the same in that moment, yes 3-0, great and exactly the right goalscorer.
“We were all so happy for him. He was outstanding again.”