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Liverpool handed further Roberto Firmino setback

The injuries are mounting up for Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side as they gear up for what should be a meaty clash versus West Ham on Sunday afternoon.

Setbacks have riddled Klopp’s squad over the last few months and they’re only getting stranger.

Curtis Jones is set to be out for a week after taking a finger to his eye in an accidental blow in training. Sadly, he’s not the only player who will be missing the encounter with the Hammers.

Liverpool are without Naby Keita and James Milner while Harvey Elliott and Joe Gomez are still in the treatment room.

Yet, there is a further face who the Reds manager will be severely gutted to lose.

Will Liverpool miss Firmino?

Definitely!

Definitely!

No way!

No way!

Roberto Firmino picked up a problem after the match against Atletico Madrid and speaking in his pre-match press conference before the game with the Irons, the Brazilian was ruled out for a month with a hamstring problem.

Klopp said: “We are talking weeks, still. More than four. I’d consider that a serious injury.”

The German is absolutely right in his assessment. This is a hefty blow for the 2019/20 league champions because he has been a huge part of what Liverpool have achieved in recent seasons.

Of course, Diogo Jota has found form this term and has scored five goals, but no one offers quite what Firmino does.

During his time in Merseyside, the Brazil international has found the net on 93 occasions but it’s his 70 assists that perhaps make for the more eye-catching statistic.

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He has played a vital role in helping the likes of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane to score so many goals and without him leading the line, the outlook of Klopp’s attacking triumvirate would look incredibly different.

Firmino is not always the most clinical of players but his selfless nature makes him a pivotal aspect of the Liverpool side.

Having Jota as a replacement is no bad thing, but to lose such a talented player for the best part of four weeks is an enormous setback.

There is, of course, an international break to contend with, but Liverpool then play an in-form Arsenal side before facing Porto in the Champions League. Evidently, a degree of rotation will be necessary. Without Firmino, however, that isn’t quite so possible.

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