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Roberto Firmino “Will Be Close” in Race to Face Paris Saint-Germain

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Whether the striker’s eye injury keeps him out of tomorrow’s Champions League match will be a late decision.

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Roberto Firmino’s status won’t be decided until closer to kickoff against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday evening, with the Liverpool striker recovering after a frightening injury incident against Tottenham on Saturday.

The player was left with an abrasion to his eye after Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen swung his arm across Firmino’s face, and while an examination determined there will be no lasting damage, recovery could still take some time.

“It’s nothing definitive,” was Klopp’s response when asked whether or not the striker would be ready to face PSG on Tuesday. “If the game was today, no chance, but the good news is that it will be close.

“Everyone saw the picture after the game. We were all shocked. But he will be fine—we just don’t know exactly when. Now we have another thirty hours or thereabouts to the game so we will see how it develops.”

If Firmino isn’t fit, Klopp will have to decide whether he brings in Daniel Sturridge to play striker or instead gives a start to Xherdan Shaqiri—either up top himself or on the wing and with Mohamed Salah moving up.