Jurgen Klopp Hopeful Roberto Firmino Will Play at FC Barcelona


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FC Barcelona are the overwhelming favorites among the UEFA Champions League semifinalists, so Liverpool have the odds stacked against them in the next round. In order to pull off a result on Wednesday night in Catalonia they will need all hands on deck and that includes Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino, who missed last night’s 5-0 win at home over Huddersfield Town due to a muscle tear.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp remains confident that he’ll have Firmino, and thus his entire high-flying attacking trio, at his disposal in midweek. Klopp said the injury isn’t serious, as “Bobby” participated in Friday’s training session.

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“Bobby trained yesterday completely normally,” said the German.

“It was not high-intensity we just had to work on set-pieces a little bit and here and there a couple of things.”

“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 this moment. Because it is him, it’s rather likely that [he will be] than not, but we will see.

“So, of all the bad news you can get it is pretty much the best, but it’s still bad enough that he couldn’t play tonight.”

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