By Danny Wright
Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino is on the verge of breaking down with injury, according to a report.
The Mirror reports that Jurgen Klopp is keeping a close watch on the 25-year-old, and that he is continuing with his own training regime – away from the rest of the squad – in a bid to make sure that he is fully fit for the club’s vital Premier League run-in.
Firmino’s high amount of game time this season, added with Klopp’s high intensity style of play, has left the club’s medical staff worried about.
The Brazilian international only took part in light training last Friday but still managed to score the only goal of the game in Sunday’s 1-0 win against West Brom.
The Liverpool physios say Firmino is susceptible to muscle injury and has entered the ‘red zone’ after playing in all-but two league games this season.
He has also had his season split up by several trips to South America with Brazil’s World Cup qualifying campaign.
The former Hoffenheim player has made 37 appearances for the Merseyside club across all competitions this season, scoring 12 goals and providing 10 assists.
Klopp already has to make plans for this weekend’s fixture against Crystal Palace without Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana.
Mane has recently been ruled out for the season but Lallana has handed his side with a timely boost as he returned to training after a thigh injury he suffered while playing for England.
In other Liverpool news, the club are ready to let this 23-year-old leave in the summer.