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Klopp provides Firmino injury update after Liverpool star subbed vs Chelsea

The Liverpool boss provided a grim update over the fitness of the Brazilian after he was hauled off early on during the Reds 1-1 draw at home to the European champions

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not hopeful over the fitness of forward Roberto Firmino following the Reds 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea.

The Brazilian was substituted mid-way through the first half in place of Diogo Jota after he sustained an injury as his side trailed following Kai Havertz looping header minutes prior.

By the time Mohamed Salah equalised from the penalty spot, Firmino had already made his way down the Anfield tunnel to be assessed by the club’s backroom staff, who appear to have provided Klopp with some unwelcome news over his fitness so early on into the season.



Roberto Firmino was forced off with an injury mid-way through the first-half
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After the game, Klopp was asked whether Firmino was alright, to which he responded: “Not really. I think Bobby, that’s probably a muscle. I hope it’s not too big.”

Considering how injuries scuppered Liverpool’s season last term, Klopp will be even more concerned over how long Firmino could be side-lined for.

The contest with Thomas Tuchel’s side was a hard fought one, the Reds boasting an extra man for much of the tie after Reece James was shown a red card for denying a goal-scoring opportunity after he prevented a sure-fire equaliser for the hosts with his arm.









Klopp expressed his sympathy for the Chelsea defender, explaining: “The goal we scored, the penalty we got was obviously very deserved.

“I really feel for Reece because obviously it’s tricky but it’s a clear penalty so we forced it with that situation, we had a big chance with Hendo after a pass from Trent, we played good.”

The Liverpool boss did go on to explain how having an extra man is not always as much of an advantage as many would think, revealing: “In the second half, everybody thinks against ten men ‘oh come on now’, and that’s the first problem, the first problem is there is no advantage – there is an advantage in possession, yes you outnumber them, but the defensive structure changes only that they defend slightly deeper.

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Klopp fears Firmino could be out for a month after he picked up a potential muscle injury against Chelsea
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“They leave Lukaku up top and have eight players defend a certain area. We couldn’t use that, we had our shots from distance, Mendy saved them. But again, it was a good game, a high intense game and I loved the intensity, I loved the atmosphere we created altogether with the people in the stands and those on the pitch.

“Chelsea deserved a draw.”

The result leaves Liverpool and Chelsea on identical records, both sides boasting seven points after three games with a positive goal difference of five.




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