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Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp drops Roberto Firmino update ahead of Everton

Liverpool will assess the condition of their Brazilian No.9 Roberto Firmino ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside derby.

What’s the latest?

In Friday’s press conference (via Liverpoolfc.com) Jurgen Klopp issued news on the injury status of his squad heading into the game against Frank Lampard’s relegation battlers, Everton.

The news is positive on the whole, as Klopp was asked by the media whether there were any further fitness issues within the squad, to which he replied: “Not that I know yet. No other problems.”

However, Roberto Firmino will face a late fitness test after missing the 4-0 victory over Manchester United on Tuesday night with a foot injury.

In regards to the Brazilian’s injury, Klopp said: “And Bobby, getting better and better. It’s just uncomfortable, painful. [Friday] is his first day on the pitch, so there are still two days to go, so maybe [he could feature].”

Whether the 30-year-old will feature against the Toffees appears to be entirely up to him, with Klopp saying: “If Bobby gives the thumbs-up then he will be involved. And not, then we wait another few days, but then I think after that it should be possible.”

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Touch-and-go

This season has seen Firmino make the least appearances out of his last six seasons in the Premier League.

With just 18 Premier League appearances this campaign, he has started just 28% of games for Klopp having also returned the least amount of goal contributions out of his last six campaigns – with the Brazilian netting five and assisting three.

However, the £34.2m-rated striker has been hampered with injuries this season, something which has coincided with the emergence of Diogo Jota – the Portugal international who is having the season of his life, scoring 15 goals over 29 appearances in the league.

Firmino’s link-up play could certainly have been used to good effect against a side who have struggled to keep possession this season – with Everton expected to deploy a low-block – which would have been music to the ears of the pass-master, who has conjured up some sensational numbers for his pin-point passing.

Bobby could still feature for the Reds on Sunday, though he will face a late fitness test that will declare his inclusion or exclusion in the squad – something that is sure to have Klopp sweating, as the loss of the Brazilian would undoubtedly be a huge blow for the Reds.

AND in other news: Klopp could unearth Liverpool’s next Konate by unleashing “incredible” £450k-rated gem

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