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Liverpool ‘hit the post’ last season – Firmino

The Brazil international wants the Reds to stay focused this season.

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino insists the players have to maintain their focus if they are to lift a first title in 30 years (John Walton/PA0
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino insists the players have to maintain their focus if they are to lift a first title in 30 years (John Walton/PA0

By Carl Markham, PA

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino insists the players have to keep their heads in the right place as they seek to close out the club’s first title in 30 years.

The Brazil international said the Reds “hit the post” after they finished a point behind Manchester City with a record tally for a second-placed team last season.

But having established a 14-point lead, with a match in hand, having dropped just two points from a possible 63 in the current campaign, many pundits are already handing the championship to Jurgen Klopp’s side.

However, Firmino stressed the squad are not thinking like that.

“Last year we hit the post in the Premier League, we were upset of course that we didn’t win,” he told Premier League Productions.

“We have a chance this season, it’s in our hands. We need to keep it up, working hard, following this path with our heads in the right place and a winning mentality.

“We’ll take things game by game and keep this strong champions mentality up until the end and see where it takes us.

“Of course we’re more confident this season. We’ve been winning all our games, this increases our confidence game by game.

“We have to continue with this momentum.”

Manager Jurgen Klopp received a boost ahead of Sunday’s visit of Manchester United with Fabinho returning to full training for the first time since sustaining ankle ligament damage which has kept him out since November 27.

The Brazil international has missed 12 matches but was back among his team-mates at the club’s Melwood training ground on Wednesday.

He joined centre-back Joel Matip, who has not played since the last meeting against United on October 20 at Old Trafford due to a knee injury.

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