Liverpool blow as 25-year-old a doubt for crunch Middlesbrough clash – report
By Russell Edge
Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino appeared to be missing from training once again ahead of his side’s crucial clash with Middlesbrough on Sunday.
The 25-year-old forward was absent from photos posted on the club’s official website of Wednesday’s training session at training centre Melwood, the second week he has been missing.
The Liverpool Echo also reported that Firmino had sat out the training session.
He was ruled out of his side’s 4-0 win away at West Ham last Sunday, and it appears the Brazilian is still a major doubt for the visit of Boro to Anfield on the final day of the season.
The match holds significant importance to fourth-placed Liverpool, with victory confirming their return to the Champions League next season, and would mean Arsenal are nearly certain to miss out on qualification for the first time in two decades.
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The Gunners sit just a solitary point behind the Reds in fifth, knowing that they need to better Liverpool’s result in their clash with Everton.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s opposition on Sunday are playing for pride, with Middlesbrough caretaker manager Steve Agnew having seen his side’s relegation to the second tier of English football mathematically confirmed.
They will be hoping to see Firmino’s name missing from the team sheets, with the Brazilian having hit 11 goals in 34 league appearances this season.
In other Liverpool news, this star has been ruled out of his side’s pre-season fixtures.