By Matt Farr
Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino is a fitness doubt ahead of the Premier League clash with West Brom on Sunday, according to a medical expert.
Injury expert Ben Dinnery revealed on his personal Twitter account on Friday that Firmino had trained separately for Liverpool ahead of the tie due to ongoing fitness concerns.
Roberto Firmino trained away from the main group for most of todays session due to fitness concerns following his recent busy schedule. #LFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) April 14, 2017
The 25-year-old Brazilian star has been heavily utilised for both club and country this season, earning 36 appearances in all domestic competitions.
But Liverpool’s key man risks being burnt out by Jurgen Klopp, and could be a doubt to complete the full 90 minutes of the upcoming trip to the Hawthorns.
Firmino had been omitted from Klopp’s starting eleven to face Stoke last time out, only to be called upon at half-time with Liverpool trailing by one goal.
He is likely to feature again for Liverpool against West Brom, but Klopp will be wary of his heavy schedule and could restrict one of his key men to another bit-part role.
Firmino has contributed 11 goals and 10 assists for the Merseyside club in all competitions this season, boosting the club’s chances of a top four Premier League finish.
But Liverpool are sweating over his fitness ahead of a potential clash that could see them move nine points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United.
The Reds are already without key trio Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana through injury, and losing Firmino would be another crushing blow to the club’s end of season ambitions.
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