Bad news for Liverpool fans…
This isnít good for Liverpool fans
?Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Roberto Firmino could return from injury in time for their Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday.
Firmino missed the 5-0 victory over Huddersfield Town after picking up a slight muscle tear in training before the game, with Daniel Sturridge starting in his absence.
However, ?according to ?The Mirror, ?Firmino will be cleared to return to full first-team training on Tuesday ahead of the ?Champions League clash with ?Barcelona.
He will be given every chance to prove his fitness and, if he can pass his late test, could be in line to face the ?La Liga champions in the first leg of their semi-final on Wednesday.
Manager Jurgen Klopp suggested after the victory over ?Huddersfield that Firmino’s diagnosis of a muscle tear actually ?sounds much more serious than it is, insisting that the Brazilian has the strength to recover in time for the game.
However, should he fail to prove his fitness, he could be replaced by Sturridge once again, whilst both ?Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri could be used as alternative options. ?Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who made his long-awaited return from injury against Huddersfield, could also be used out wide to allow ?Mohamed Salah to shift into a central role.
This season, Firmino has racked up 16 goals and eight assists for ?Liverpool, including four strikes in the Champions League. He netted in both legs of their quarter-final victory over Porto, and remains a vital part of Klopp’s team.
However, in ?Barcelona, they will come up against one of Europe’s most in-form sides, and the ?La Liga champions will certainly be buoyed by their triumph against ?Manchester United in the previous stage of the competition.