Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said on Friday that Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino suffered a serious hamstring injury in the 2-0 Champions League win over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, and that there was no time frame for his return to action.
The injury could lead to the absence of Firmino, 30, from a number of matches, starting with the trip to West Ham United, on Sunday, in the English Premier League, as Liverpool, in second place, seeks to reduce the three-point difference with leaders Chelsea.
Firmino played eight league matches this season and scored four goals, as well as two goals in the Champions League in three matches. “Bobby (Firmino) has sustained a serious hamstring injury which is really unpleasant and unfortunate news,” Klopp told the club’s website. We do not expect exactly how long he will be absent from the team.”
Klopp said defender Joe Gomez (with a calf injury) and midfielder Curtis Jones (an eye injury) would miss Sunday’s match. He added: “Cortes is a very different story from Firmino, he is not likely to participate in training, he got a finger in his eye. I’ve seen a lot of players’ injuries in my career, but these have never happened before.. He is on his way back, but the exact duration of his absence must be known. He will be back after the international break for sure but during the break we have to see when he can start training with the team again. We hope Joe will return after the break as well.”
Klopp praised his counterpart David Moyes, West Ham coach, who completed a thousand matches as coach in a 2-2 draw at Genk Stadium in the European League, Thursday.
West Ham are currently fourth in the Premier League standings, and could rise to second place if they beat Liverpool. “He’s getting better and better,” the German coach said of Moyes. I don’t know if he rediscovered his abilities, but it sure is incredible. Everyone who watches West Ham knows that they have a complete group of players.”
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