He may not score enough games as a striker, but when Liverpool are playing the very best the Premier League has to offer, Robert Firmino is Jürgen Klopp’s key man. The Brazilian attacker’s rounded game combined with a ferocious work ethic makes him a potent weapon in big games.
Firmino missed the home victory against Burnley and was a doubt for Sunday’s clash with Manchester City, but Klopp has confirmed that the 25-year-old is set to start against Pep Guardiola’s side. Klopp is aware that “when we've beaten them, he was pretty much always involved” and deeply appreciates Firmino’s role in the team.
“Roberto will be well recovered,” Klopp confirmed. “He’s training already. He’s trained the whole week, but to involve him in team training made no sense so far. If he can be involved in team training on Saturday then physical-wise he has no issues because it’s good for him.
“He has played nearly the whole season so far so if he has one week with more treatment than training and another week with light training for him, then yes, he would be completely okay.”
Doubts over the fitness of Firmino and his understudy Divock Origi were worrying as Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings are unavailable. Moreover, this is the type of game where Firmino shines with his movement, energy, pressing, link up play, and creativity. Here’s to Firmino reminding everyone of his qualities before the international break by helping Liverpool to all three points at the Etihad Stadium.