Liverpool suffers another injury blow ahead of Carabao Cup final against Chelsea
Liverpool have been dealt another injury blow after Jurgen Klopp revealed that the Reds will be without Roberto Firmino “for a while” as he missed the weekend game against Norwich City, coming after Diogo Jota was also absent due to injury.
The Reds picked up a crucial 3-1 win at home against the Canaries on Saturday afternoon after having fallen behind in shock fashion early in the second half.
Noticeable absentee was Diogo Jota alongside Roberto Firmino, who was struggling with a muscle injury after the midweek win at Inter Milan.
Speaking after the game [via The Athletic], Klopp hinted that the 30-year-old could be out for a lengthy period, but at least says Jota’s injury wasn’t as bad as first thought – though refusing to give an update on the latter man’s return.
He explained: “With Diogo, it looks a little bit better than we first thought. With Bobby (Firmino), we didn’t even know that he had something until he felt it only after the game (in midweek).
“We all thought it is a little thing, but it’s a muscle injury and we have to see how long it will take. I don’t know at the moment, but for sure not for the next game, so we have to see.”
He then added: “Bobby Firmino has a muscle problem and is out for a while, so we have to keep the boys fit and create a spirit like the boys did today in the game.”
Losing someone of Firmino’s quality will always be a blow – Klopp has hailed him as ‘brilliant’ and the Brazilian is set to miss sunday’s Carabao Cup final against the blues.
However, the key is that Liverpool are now in a situation where they have an abundance of top-quality attack depth.
The arrival of Diaz gives the Reds more great options in the final third, rather than bringing in second-rate squad figures when key men are absent.
with Diogo Jota also currently out and some big games on the horizon, hopefully Firmino will recover quickly and not be missing out on too much of the action.