In his press conference on Thursday Jurgen Klopp announced a handful of injury concerns heading into Sunday’s match against Burnley. While some are recurring he addressed a brand new issue, Roberto Firmino.
The Brazilian attacker is a major doubt after picking up a knock during the 3-1 win over Arsenal. Firmino managed to bag a goal and an assist as the Reds cruised to victory over their top four rivals from London. With Firmino dealing with a thigh problem Klopp is set to hand Origi his first start since January.
However Klopp refused to rule out the flashy forward saying,
“Not available. Roberto felt something after the game. He couldn’t train so we’ll have to wait so we will see.”
Liverpool will also be without captain Jordan Henderson for the third consecutive match. Henderson has been dealing with a recurring foot problem that saw him miss the Leicester and Arsenal games. Klopp confirmed that he is “not available”. It is rumoured that he will be available for next weekend’s vital matchup against Manchester City.
It should come as no surprise, but the manager also confirmed that he will be without Daniel Sturridge as he is dealing with a hip problem. While he has been hit and miss on the pitch he has been very consistent in staying off of it. He had recently gotten over a virus which saw him sent home from the squad’s La Manga bonding trip only to be ruled out with yet another injury.
Dejan Lovren continues to be a doubt with a knee injury that saw him miss two matches and made to be an unused substitute against Arsenal. Lovren’s most recent injury has given Klopp yet another selection dilemma. The boss is said to be contemplating starting Klavan even if Lovren is passed fit to start.
With a handful of injuries and a match against a side who handed Liverpool a 2-0 away loss, it is no wonder that Klopp has yet to make up his mind on the starting XI. Liverpool host 12th place Burnley on Sunday.