By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Roberto Firmino has provided hope that his hamstring injury will keep him on the sidelines for only a short period.
The Liverpool star has uploaded a series of photographs on to his Snapchat account over the last 24 hours showing him receiving treatment on the problem that forced him out of the team’s 3-2 defeat at Southampton last Sunday.
Firmino pulled out of the Brazil squad for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers after sustaining a hamstring injury following Liverpool’s 1-1 Europa League draw with Manchester United last Thursday.
He flew to Tenerife with Liverpool’s non-international and injured players for a warm weather training camp on Monday as Jurgen Klopp puts his depleted squad through their paces in a change of environment.
Klopp will be hopeful that Firmino’s injury is only a minor one and that he will be available for the Premier League clash against Tottenham on Saturday of next week, and the Europa League quarter-final first leg against Borussia Dortmund five days later.
Firmino has emerged as one of the Merseysiders’ key players after a difficult start at Anfield following his move from Hoffenheim last summer.
Before sitting out the trip to Southampton, he had started all of Liverpool’s Premier League and Europa League matches since the turn of the year.
The 24-year-old has responded with a series of goals and assists to lift him to the top of the club’s scoring charts this season with nine goals.
In other Liverpool injury news, Alberto Moreno is also undergoing treatment on a hamstring injury in Tenerife.