Liverpool have suffered an injury setback ahead of their Premier League clash with Crystal Palace this afternoon after manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Roberto Firmino will not be available for selection.
Klopp was asked about the 29-year-old’s situation in Friday’s press conference, and the German confirmed today’s fixture has come too soon for the striker.
“He’s not ready. Bobby won’t start training with the team until some time next week. Then we will have to wait and see,” the Liverpool manager revealed.
However, it wasn’t all bad news for the Reds, as Klopp stated that Virgil van Dijk’s absence from the starting XI is midweek was merely to rest him, so he should feature from the off when the Eagles visit Anfield.
“If you like, we’re still in extended pre-season for him. I don’t want to talk about injuries, but Ibou (Konate), Joe (Gomez), Joel (Matip) all have had injuries. Now we just make sure we have a proper pair on the pitch,” the German said.
With Firmino ruled out of action for the third game in a row, Klopp will surely be gutted to be without his first-choice centre-forward this afternoon.
The South American had made a solid start to the season, scoring in the curtain raiser against Norwich City after coming off the substitutes’ bench, but his momentum has been curtailed by injury.
His enforced absence saw Divock Origi get a rare chance to impress against Milan in midweek, and the wantaway forward could find himself in the starting lineup once again with Firmino still sidelined.