11 Mar 2017

Disaster for Klopp: 'Magnificent' €55m Liverpool star suffers new injury; 'couldn't train' for 5 days

With Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge already out of Sunday's clash with Burnley, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed some further bad news on the injury front.

During his pre-match press conference today, Klopp confirmed:

"Unfortunately, Roberto Firmino has struggled a little bit. He felt something after the game and until now this week, he couldn’t train. We need to wait a little bit more and then we will see.”

It's Friday, so if Firmino has missed the last 5/6 days of training then it's very unlikely that he'll be fit enough to start against Burnley.

After just 2 goals/assists in 12 games, Firmino returned to form against Arsenal with a goal and an assist, so it's a shame he's injured now as his momentum being disrupted just as he's getting back to form.

With Firmino almost certainly out, and Sturridge not available, it surely means that Divock Origi will come back into the reckoning. Origi is the obvious replacement, and he'll slot straight into the central striker role.

The other alternative is to play Lallana out wide, and use Sadio Mane through the centre, but with Hendo also missing, it's an unlikely option. Possible formation vs. Burnley:

---------------- Mignolet
Clyne ------ Matip -- Klavan ---- Milner
----- Lallana --- Can --- Wijnaldum
------ Mane ---- Origi --- Coutinho

* Firmino: €55m-rated (CIES). Hailed as 'magnificent' by Phil Thompson.


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