Jürgen Klopp has made a Champions League decision as the Liverpool man misses training ahead of Villarreal
Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino was still out of training as the Reds prepared for their Champions League semi-final second leg clash with Villarreal, but Divock Origi returned after sitting out of the match. win over Newcastle United due to illness.
Firmino’s latest injury, Klopp said last Friday, troubled him more than the Reds initially imagined, and he is still not back and fit.
“Police officer [Firmino] is now running. He will travel with us but will not yet be in the team. But we hope as soon as possible,” Klopp said during his press conference.
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All the other players due to take part in the session appeared to be there with Kostas Tsimikas and Curtis Jones, who had both been ill last week, both attending as scheduled – both were involved in the matchday squad for Newcastle .
With Liverpool having a two-goal advantage from last week’s first leg at Anfield, Firmino could have been in line to start this game to turn the forward line, but that is now out of the question.
In a frustrating season for him – this is his fourth separate injury during the campaign – Firmino will be disappointed not to be involved in this game, which could have presented a rare opportunity to come on from the start.
The Brazilian hopes to feature again in the upcoming games as the fixture list remains crowded for the next four weeks.
After starting the game on the bench on Saturday, Mohamed Salah will almost certainly return to the starting XI for this one, with one of Sadio Mané, Luis Díaz and Diogo Jota likely to drop out.
For Liverpool, as has been the case throughout the knockout stage this season, they will once again progress in the Champions League if they avoid defeat in the second leg.
Even a one-goal defeat in Spain would see them contest their third final in the space of five seasons, with Liverpool the heavy favorites to book their place in Paris.
You can watch the full training session on Blood Red’s YouTube channel, where we’ll also have the full version of Jurgen Klopp and the Trent Alexander-Arnold pre-match press conferences, which are due to start at 2pm UK time.