Klopp says Firmino should be fit for Barcelona

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool supporters shouldn’t worry too much about Roberto Firmino‘s absence from the Reds lineup for Friday’s 5-0 defeat of Huddersfield Town at Anfield.

Firmino missed the match but Klopp says the center forward is very much in the mix to play against Barcelona next week in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals.

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“Do not believe three percent of what is on social media,” Klopp said. “Roberto Firmino is not out for the rest of the season. After training he felt it a little bit and this morning he still felt it. It’s a small tear but it’s Bobby so I would say it is likely he is fit for Barcelona because he is a machine. It’s good we showed we can play without him.”

A good center forward sure would be useful against Barcelona, a team who is very difficult to beat over 90 minutes let alone two legs.

Klopp certainly wouldn’t want to admit it if Firmino was going to miss the match, but he also seems the type who is unlikely to suppress something that big.