Introduction: Roberto Firmino’s long absence from the Liverpool team has been explained by Jurgen Klopp ahead of their trip to Brighton on Saturday. The Brazilian is still “not close” to returning to team training due to injury, leaving the Reds with only Mohamed Salah and Cody Gakpo as senior strikers. Furthermore, Luis Diaz, Diogo Hota and Darwin Nunes are all currently out, while James Milner and Stefan Baisetic are back on form. Klopp has not specified a time frame for Firmino’s return, and Nunes’ chances of playing at Brighton are unlikely due to the severity of his injury. With the team’s injury problems still ongoing, Liverpool will be hoping for a successful outing against Brighton.
Speaking to of Liverpool trip to Brighton on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp explained the reason for Roberto Firmino’s long absence.
The Brazilian picked up the injury a few days before the Reds returned to action after the World Cup, but was expected to return for the game against Brentford on January 2.
However, Klopp has yet to resume training and he has now revealed that Firmino is still “not close” to returning to team training due to injury.
Firmino will not be available against Brighton, as the Liverpool boss apparently does not want to specify a time frame for his return.
“At the first moment it was like a small injury meant for 10 days – two weeks,” Klopp told reporters on Friday.
“Do the usual rehab, all the experts have told us what we can do.
“Then Bobby felt something again. It kept him going longer.
“I don’t know exactly when he’ll be back, it’s nowhere near team training.”
With Luis Diaz, Diogo Hota and Darwin Nunes also currently out, Klopp only has Mohamed Salah and Cody Gakpo to choose from as senior strikers.
Nunez The injury issue emerged on Thursday and Klopp confirmed the club was awaiting further details on the severity of the problem.
“If he can’t train today then yes, that will rule him out,” Klopp said of Nunes’ chances of playing at Brighton.
“We are waiting for information. This is not the main thing, but it still did not allow him to train. We have to wait for that.”
There was good news for James Milner and Stefan Baisetic who are back on form.
“Millie spent most of her training yesterday and will be back as usual today,” he added.
“Stefan will return to training today. He got hit in the femur, which was pretty embarrassing, but he’ll be back, too.”