Jurgen Klopp says he is hopeful Roberto Firmino might be fit for Liverpool FC’s trip to FC Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday night.
The Brazil international was a noticeable absentee from Klopp’s team for Liverpool FC’s 5-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at Anfield thanks to goals from Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita.
Liverpool FC striker Daniel Sturridge was handed a rare start with Firmino sidelined with an injury, but the Merseyside outfit will be keen to see the Brazilian forward return to the side.
Speaking to Liverpool FC’s website about Firmino’s injury, Klopp confirmed the number nine has suffered a small muscle tear ahead of their Champions League fixture in mid-week.
“Bobby trained [on Thursday] completely normally, it was not high-intensity we just had to work on set-pieces a little bit and here and there a couple of things,” Klopp said.
“I didn’t see it in training, it happened in the last situation of training and he felt a muscle a little bit.
“Now, the official diagnosis is he has a small tear in a small muscle, so apart from the word ‘tear’ everything else is positive.
“It is Bobby, so he might be ready for Wednesday, but we obviously don’t know in the moment. Because it is him, it’s rather likely that [he will be] than not, but we will see.”
Liverpool FC were 6-1 winners against Portuguese side FC Porto in the Champions League quarter-final to thrash the 2004 winners for the second time in successive seasons in the knockout stage.
The Merseyside outfit will take on FC Barcelona for the ninth time, with six of the previous eight games having come in a six-year period between 2001 and 2007.
Liverpool FC beat FC Barcelona in the round of 16 en route to reaching the 2007 Champions League final.
The Reds were 2-1 winners against FC Barcelona at Camp Nou thanks to goals from John Arne Riise and Craig Bellamy in the first leg, before Eidur Gudjohnsen netted the only goal at Anfield.
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