Liverpool to be decimated by multiple blows amid injury expert's 'nightmare' Firmino update
Liverpool are facing a “nightmare” with Roberto Firmino set to miss the next six weeks through injury.
That’s according to former Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Reds’ possible plans to replace the Brazilian.
Firmino, 30, was substituted off before half-time in Liverpool’s eventual 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on 3 November.
Football Insider pundit and injury expert Ben Dinnery expects the striker to be out of action for six weeks.
McLeish is concerned for the Reds, especially as Sadio Mane and Mo Salah are expected to miss several weeks of action in early 2022 due to their participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.
“It’s a nightmare,” McLeish told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
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“You have to remember they are losing players to the AFCON as well.
“I have been there as a manager and it really depletes your options.
“That could be a massive blow for Liverpool. But does it mean they will go out and sign someone?
“I think the only way Liverpool sign someone is if they see someone who can come in and perform straight away.
“They won’t take any risks with a deal like that but they can’t afford to rely on someone who won’t perform.
“They will have to see how Firmino comes back but I don’t even think they can rely on him when Mane and Salah are gone.”
Firmino missed Liverpool’s 3-2 loss to West Ham on Sunday.
He previously missed two games earlier this season after suffering a similar injury issue.