Roberto Firmino is 'not close' to returning, reveals Jurgen Klopp

Roberto Firmino is ‘not close’ to returning to training after suffering another injury setback, reveals Jurgen Klopp – as he admits Darwin Nunez is a doubt for Brighton trip, leaving Liverpool with just Mo Salah and Cody Gakpo as forward options

  • Liverpool star Roberto Firmino is no closer to training with his team-mates
  • The Brazilian suffered an injury just a few days before the return of club football 
  • Darwin Nunez is also a doubt for Saturday’s match after picking up a problem
  • The club are still waiting for details on the severity of the Uruguayan’s injury
  • READ: Jurgen Klopp rules out any further activity in the January transfer market 

Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Roberto Firmino will miss Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Brighton on Saturday, with Darwin Nunez also a doubt after picking up an issue on Thursday. 

The Reds boss claimed that the Brazilian forward was originally only expected to be out for ’10 days – two weeks’, but that the 31-year-old ‘felt something’ which has lead to the extended period out of action. 

The German manager was in an exasperated mood as he hit back at a journalist for asking about Liverpool’s transfer activity, and has ruled out any further acquisitions as his side sit in seventh spot in the league.  

Jurgen Klopp claimed Roberto Firmino will miss Saturday’s Premier League trip to Brighton

Klopp said of Firmino’s injury: ‘In the first moment it was like a little injury, estimated 10 days – two weeks.

‘He did the normal rehab stuff, all the experts told us what we could do.

‘Then Bobby felt again, something. That kept him out for longer.

‘I don’t know exactly when he will be back, he’s not close to team training.’

Despite the acquisitions of attacking talent in recent transfer windows, Firmino still remains a core member of Klopp’s Liverpool squad, playing 13 games in the Premier League this season scoring seven and assisting five more.  

The Brazilian has made 13 league appearances for the Reds scoring seven and assisting five

And his prolonged absence is sure to be a major blow to Klopp, who is also without star forwards Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and now Nunez, after his injury sustained on Thursday.

The Liverpool boss confirmed that following the issue, the club are still awaiting details over the problem’s severity. 

‘If he can not train today then yes, that will rule him out,’ he continued. 

‘We are waiting for information. It’s not a major one but it still kept him out of training. We have to wait for that.’

Darwin Nunez is also a doubt after picking up an injury on Thursday with the club awaiting further details

Klopp did however confirm that both Stefan Bajcetic and James Milner had returned to fitness.  

The Reds travel to the south coast where they will face eighth-placed Brighton, who will leapfrog Liverpool with a win on Saturday for Roberto De Zerbi’s men. 

Seagulls star Leandro Trossard’s future is in doubt at the Amex, after the Italian exiled him from first-team training over perceived attitude problems, raising concerns over his involvement on Saturday.  

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