When Roberto Firmino had to be replaced after just 33 minutes of action against Atletico Madrid at the start of November, manager Jürgen Klopp described the injury as “not good” and warned that the Brazilian could face a length spell on the sidelines.
Today, a little more than a month later, the forward returned to training with his teammates for the first time, providing a boost for Klopp with Africa Cup of Nations looming in January—and with it the loss of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané for a month.
However, it’s unlikely Firmino will be ready for this Saturday and Aston Villa, with Klopp saying he was still “a couple of weeks” away from a return at the end of November, meaning a mid-week bench appearance against Newcastle would be more likely.
Failing that, Liverpool’s next game comes on Sunday, December 19th against Tottenham before they finish out the calendar year with a League Cup quarter final against Leicester and league matches against Leeds, Leicester again, and Chelsea
In other injury news—or perhaps non-news—Harvey Elliott continues to work on his recovery with a return to training some time in the new year still the target, while Curtis Jones remains absent following an eye injury in training last month.