By Danny Wright
Roberto Firmino has not travelled with the Liverpool squad for their trip to West Ham on Sunday, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo claims that the 25-year-old failed to recover from an injury in time for the visit to the London Stadium which is a must-win game for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
There is good news though, as it is understood that Lucas Leiva has recovered from a knock in order to take part in the fixture.
Liverpool have to earn all three points to ensure that finishing in the top four, and securing qualification to the Champions League, remains in their own hands.
Arsenal’s 4-1 win at Stoke on Saturday blew the top four race wide open and they can leapfrog Liverpool by beating Sunderland on Tuesday night with their game in hand if the Hammers manage to get at least a point.
The news will surely be a blow to Klopp as Firmino has been one of his most reliable attackers throughout the course of what has been a very mixed campaign.
He has missed just two games in the Premier League this term but hasn’t contributed towards any goals in his last three matches.
The 13-times Brazil international has made 40 appearances for the Reds in all competitions this season, scoring 12 goals and supplying ten assists.
Firmino is expected to be replaced by Daniel Strurridge in Klopp’s starting line-up.
In other Liverpool news, Football Insider takes a look at three things to expect from the Reds’ trip to West Ham.