When the day began, Liverpool looked to have been given an injury boost with reports that Ozan Kabak and Roberto Firmino were both expected to be available to face RB Leipzig in the second round of their Champions League tie on Wednesday.
However, following the Reds’ training session today, the news appears less positive, with Firmino sitting out the session and journalists with ties to the club reporting that the forward is still struggling with a knee injury and will likely miss the match.
Firmino has come in for criticism this season for his lack of production in the final third. Without him against relegation-threatened Fulham on Saturday, though, Liverpool’s attack was downright anaemic as the Reds slumped to defeat.
Fulham on Sunday were deserved winners based on the underlying statistics, and for all that Firmino may be struggling in front of goal right now, without his presence as the fulcrum point in attack the Reds’ struggles appeared exacerbated.
Fortunately, their 2-0 advantage should give them some cushion against Leipzig. The bigger problem might be for them moving forward if Firmino’s injury is more serious than initially suspected and leads to an extended layoff for the Brazilian.