19 Sept 2016

'He's In'; Klopp confirms 'scintillating' €38m Liverpool star will play against Derby. 'Perfect' time to return

After missing Friday's victory over Chelsea with a 'minor groin strain', it looks like Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino will return to first-team action this week against Derby County.

When asked today about Firmino's availability for Tuesday's League Cup clash, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp told reporters:

"Roberto is in training. The medical department told me if I gave him three days he would be perfect. Today is the fourth day, so he is in.”

This is obviously good news, but there's no real need to rush Firmino back into the starting line-up for a League Cup game.

In my view, Firmino - recently described as 'scintillating' by Ian Wright - should be rested for the game, and then recalled for Saturday's Premier League clash with Hull City.

Why take the risk? Plus, Danny Ings and Divock Origi are desperate for game time, and domestic cups are the ideal opportunity to keep them involved.

Ings, especially, needs competitive game time, and starting him tomorrow is surely a no-brainer?

The same applies with Daniel Sturridge: he doesn't need to play against Derby. History shows that playing him in more than one game a week = regular injury, so keep him on cotton wool until Saturday.

^ Firmino: €38m-rated (CIES.

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