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Klopp on Firmino’s Fitness: “We Have To See”

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The Reds’ key striker is in a race against time for fitness ahead of the Derby

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There were a lot things that went wrong last weekend when Liverpool faced off against Manchester United, but the biggest problem coming out of that match was Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino coming off in the first half with an ankle injury. That injury kept him out of the midweek match against Watford, with Sadio Mane deputizing at the center forward position and Divock Origi playing on the wing.

Whether or not Firmino will be fit for the Merseyside Derby is yet to be seen, according to Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp.

“He was out there in the running [on Thursday] but we have to see how he reacts,” Klopp told his pre-Merseyside derby press conference on Friday afternoon. “He is very positive, that’s Bobby’s nature. We have to see. I don’t see any other player – OK, we have maybe two or three more of them – being even in contention for that game after the little problem he had.”

“It looks really good but if he will be ready for Sunday, I don’t know in this second.”

Should Firmino not make the lineup on Sunday, Origi’s performance on Wednesday night should provide fans with a boost of confidence.