Jurgen Klopp optimistic over Firmino fitness ahead of PSG clash

September 17, 2018
By: Daniel Orme

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said that he is hopeful that striker Roberto Firmino will be fit to face Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday evening.

The Brazilian suffered a nasty eye injury in the Reds’ 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium at the weekend and had to be withdrawn. He was taken to hospital but scans revealed that there was no lasting damage.

Talking ahead of the match in the UEFA Champions League, Klopp revealed that whilst he was a doubt, he was optimistic over Firmino being able to be called upon. He said: “If we played today, no chance [Firmino plays] but we all hope that there is a chance until tomorrow.

“So that is good news, that he will be close for the game, because when everybody saw the picture after the game we were all shocked.”

If Firmino is absent, it appears that the Reds have a potential problem in the striking position. Klopp also revealed that Dominic Solanke and Divock Origi were also ruled out. Daniel Sturridge could potentially lead the line against the French champions.

“If Bobby cannot play, Dom [Solanke] and Divock [Origi] can’t, then we are short of options because both of them are a doubt at least. They got two little injuries in the under-23 game with Swansea,” Klopp said.

Elsewhere, Mohammed Salah is the favourite to open the scoring against PSG. Odds of 7/2 are available with bookmakers Paddy Power for the Egyptian to strike first.

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