Roberto Firmino will miss at least the trip to Southampton on Sunday after suffering a hamstring injury. The Brazil international was set to represent his country in World Cup qualifiers over the international break, but will now stay back in Liverpool for assessment.
The initial news coming from the Brazil FA earlier suggested that the injury was a "bruising" that required some rehabilitation over the break. However, the ECHO has confirmed that it is a hamstring issue. It's yet unknown how serious the issue is, but as Liverpool fans are well aware at this point, hamstring problems usually mean about four to six weeks on the injured list. That may mean that we've seen the last of Firmino this season, and just as he was hitting an impressive run of form.
Manager Jürgen Klopp said earlier this season, as injuries were piling up for the Reds, that "hamstring" was the "s*** word of the year." I think we can all agree with this sentiment after the terrible luck the players have had. In fact, I'm considering going a step further and boycotting both hams and strings to register my protest for this state of affairs.
As for Sunday, that leaves Liverpool without Lucas, Moreno, Milner, and Henderson in addition to Firmino. Will that mean that Jordon Ibe gets another opportunity? Or will Klopp try to play Origi and Sturridge together?