Ahead of Liverpool’s match against Crystal Palace Roberto Firmino is being carefully monitored by team doctors. The team’s medical staff believe that Firmino has been overworkeed and has become susceptible to muscle injuries.
The Brazilian, who’s form has seen him become a focal point in the Seleção, has missed just two league games this season. While the rest of the squad has been going about their regular training schedules, Firmino has been participating in yoga and other stretching exercises.
“He’s our all-time player, he plays nearly each game”
Klopp on Firmino.
Not only has he missed just two league games this season, but he has also played the 3rd most minutes out of all Premier League forwards with 2675 total minutes in 30 appearances. He is only behind Jermain Defoe (2873/32) and Romelu Lukaku (2765/31).
Meanwhile Adam Lallana has taken to Instagram to announce his return to full team training in a post that reads “Time to step it up”. The Englishman was injured while on international duty in a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania on March 26.
Although he is not expected to be available for this weekends match against Crystal Palace it is thought that he will be ready for Liverpool’s trip to Vicarage Road as the Reds face Watford.
On top of the team’s midfield and attacking injuries Liverpool may face Palace without Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, and Lucas Leiva. None of the three have trained with the squad this week. Matip and Lucas are both dealing with muscle problems and Klavan is still struggling with a knee problem that kept him out of the West Brom clash.
“Bit of a muscle problem with Joel Matip and Lucas Leiva, still a problem with Ragnar Klavan, it was a really small problem with a ligament but still may not be enough time before Crystal Palace so it will be interesting.”
Klopp refused to rule the three out saying,
“It’s not 100% that Luke cannot play, it’s not 100% that Joel cannot play, it’s not 100% that Ragnar cannot play but they are not in training at the moment.”
Joe Gomez has been named as a possible partner to Dejan Lovren as the injuries continue to mount for Liverpool. So far Liverpool’s first choice centre-back pair have started just 13 Premier League games together and Gomez hasn’t started since Brendan Rodgers was still in charge in September 2015.
Danny Ings has been released to begin running once again at Melwood. The striker has been sidelined for the past seven months after suffering an anterior cuciate ligament. Klopp was excited but was hesitant to be overly positive.
“He looks good, he enjoys it a lot, but of course he is not even close to come back.”
Liverpool host Crystal Palace at Anfield this Sunday. Klopp will hope to put an end to Big Sam’s impressive form. With just five games left in the Premier League campaign, every point is crucial.