In worrying news for Liverpool fans, Jurgen Klopp has revealed Lucas Leiva and Roberto Firmino are both injury doubts for the Reds’ trip to West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday.
Firmino played the full ninety minutes in Liverpool’s scoreless draw with Southampton last weekend whilst Leiva was brought off with twenty remaining, but it appears both felt muscle problems after the final whistle.
Both absences could hurt Liverpool dearly when they travel to the London Stadium this weekend; Firmino is their second-top scorer in the Premier League after fellow injured forward Sadio Mane – who has been ruled out for the season – and Leiva has started five of their last six top flight fixtures, grabbing assists against West Brom and Watford in the process.
Furthermore, Sunday’s 2.15 kickoff is very much a crunch game for the Anfield outfit. They’ve picked up just four points from their last three games and are in danger of slipping out of the top four, with fifth-place Arsenal four points behind them but boasting a game in hand.
As quoted by Liverpool’s official website, manager Jurgen Klopp said in today’s press conference; “We spoke about Roberto. Since a few weeks [ago] we have to manage the intensity in training.
It’s a little bit another muscle which he feels. Everybody can imagine, Roberto is a real mentality player, so he wants always [to play]. We need to make the decisions for him sometimes.We left him out of training. It’s a muscle thing. We have to wait and give him as much time as possible.
“Lucas, after the game, [felt the same]. I asked both a lot of times, ‘OK? OK?’ and everybody said ‘Yes, yes’. After the game they felt it. After the game, Lucas felt two different muscles and we said ‘OK, we have to wait also’. Lucas could be back in training today, we have to see. Roberto, tomorrow if possible. Then we make the decisions.”