Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday (via liverpoolfc.com), Jurgen Klopp revealed that Roberto Firmino, who has been sidelined since picking up a foot injury in the Reds’ FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester City last month, has now returned to first-team training and could be available for selection at Anfield this evening.
When asked whether the centre-forward could feature against Spurs, the 54-year-old Liverpool manager said: “I don’t know, but he is back in training, so now we have to make a decision about that.
“The foot thing didn’t let him do a lot. We had to let it settle and now we have to make sure that he has a few proper sessions. Obviously, we have enough games still, so it’s very important that we have to make sure that we get him in the best possible shape.
“I didn’t make a decision but it might be possible, that it makes for him more sense just to train through the weekend and be then a big step closer for Tuesday, for example. But let’s see. Yesterday he was in training, was great.”
With injury having plagued Firmino’s 2021/22 campaign thus far, Klopp will be buzzing that it appears as if Liverpool could call upon the striker against Tottenham tonight if he is required.
Indeed, despite having made just 18 Premier League appearances – only nine of which have come as starts – this season, the £34.2m-rated Brazilian has impressed whenever he has featured, scoring five goals, providing three assists and creating two big chances for his team-mates.
It would seem unlikely that the 30-year-old will be selected to start against Tottenham tonight, but if the Reds require a spark of creativity to break the deadlock against Antonio Conte’s outfit, Firmino is certainly a fantastic option to be able to call upon from the bench, if he is fit enough to be included in the matchday squad.
His potential availability will undoubtedly be a huge boost for Klopp and his team ahead of what is a must-win fixture in the Premier League title race.