The Brazilian suffered what appeared to be a terrible eye injury in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Tottenham, but the problem is much less serious than first feared
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has provided ‘good news’ on the eye injury Roberto Firmino suffered during Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham.
The boss is ‘hoping’ the Brazilian will be fit to play against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday after it was revealed his problem was less serious than first feared.
Firmino was forced off at Wembley and sent to hospital in London after he suffered what can only be explained as a severe poke in the eye from Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen.
But it has since been confirmed the Reds ace suffered an abrasion to his eye with no lasting damage, and that he could be passed fit for their first Champions League clash of the new season against the Ligue 1 winners.
And Klopp is hopeful his number nine will be available.
Speaking at Monday’s pre-match press conference, the Liverpool manager said: “He couldn’t play today, no chance, but we are hoping tomorrow.
“It is good news, it will be close. It was a big relief for all of us.”
England ace Daniel Sturridge could be handed a rare opportunity if Firmino is ruled out.
“He will be ready,” Klopp said of Sturridge, who has made four substitute appearances this season after enjoying a decent pre-season – scoring six goals.
“If Bobby can’t play, Dom (Solanke) and Divock (Origi) can’t, then we are short of options. They got little injuries in the under-23 game with Swansea.”