Klopp gives update on Firmino fitness ahead of Liverpool showdown against Tottenham
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Roberto Firmino could make a return to the Liverpool team for Saturday’s Premier League showdown with Tottenham, according to Jurgen Klopp.
Firmino has been nursing a hamstring problem he picked up in Liverpool’s Europa League triumph against Manchester United two weeks ago and has been undergoing treatment ever since.
The Brazilian did not train when all the international players returned on Thursday but Klopp has not ruled him out of playing a part against Spurs at Anfield.
However, Christian Benteke is not in contention to feature against Mauricio Pochettino’s title-chasers due to a knee injury that forced his withdrawal from the Belgium squad last week.
Speaking at a media briefing on Friday afternoon, as reported by the Mirror, Klopp said: “Roberto Firmino will be close, we have to make a decision. Tomorrow we see, we have to wait to see how he feels.
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“Completely different with Christian Benteke. For him no chance.”
Liverpool had 19 internationals returning from duty in the last few days as they linked up with the rest of the squad, who had joined Klopp at a warm-weather training camp in Tenerife.
Liverpool are hoping to reignite their small glimmer of hope that they could snatch a spot in Europe next season through a top-four league finish by beating Spurs at Anfield.
However, Tottenham are still chasing the title and will be a major hurdle to clear for the Merseysiders in their own bid to remain in touch with league leaders Leicester.
In other Liverpool injury news, the team’s star man has given the club a boost ahead of the visit of Tottenham.