Liverpool

Roberto Firmino will start for Liverpool at Arsenal this weekend if passed fit to play.

That is according to former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 29-year-old returning to training ahead of Saturday’s fixture.

Firmino has missed Liverpool’s last three fixtures across all competitions with a knee injury.

Over the international break the forward returned to full training, and he is in contention to face Mikel Arteta’s side at the Emirates on Saturday.

Firmino particularly enjoys playing against Arsenal, with his 12 career appearances against them yielding eight goals and three assists.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Firmino’s potential involvement against his beloved Arsenal, Campbell said: “Firmino loves playing against us.

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“Liverpool have got one of their big boys back.

“I want Firmino in there though, I do not want to be doing battle with Liverpool when they are weakened. I want Firmino to play, as an ex-professional, I want to see the best players out on the pitch and their best XI contains Firmino. Fingers crossed he is fit to start because I do not want any excuses.

“We all know how good Firmino is, he is an incredibly talented player. He has nothing to prove, I think he’ll start if he’s fit.” 

Diogo Jota has played alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in the absence of the Brazilian.

Firmino has contributed six goals and seven assists in 37 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side this term.

In other news, Liverpool are working on a £9million early-window signing.