Liverpool have been handed a much-needed boost with the news that Roberto Firmino will be available to face Chelsea on Tuesday night.
There had been some confusion surrounding the Brazilian’s involvement in the game, following his charge for drink driving on Christmas Eve.
Firmino had been due in Liverpool Magistrates Court on the day of the Chelsea match, fuelling speculation that Jurgen Klopp would be forced to leave him out.
Fortunately for Liverpool, their request to have the court hearing put back 24 hours has been accepted, paving the way for one of the Reds’ most important players to feature prominently at Anfield.
With Sadio Mane unlikely to start, despite flying back from the Africa Cup of Nations on Monday, to have had to make do without Firmino as well would have been a huge blow.
Tuesday’s showdown is arguably Liverpool’s biggest match of the season, as they look to end a run of three consecutive home defeats, and stop Chelsea‘s seemingly unstoppable title charge.
A win would put them back to within seven points of Antonio Conte’s side, and act as a huge momentum-boost at the end of a torrid month.
Firmino will be a key figure, as he has been all season, leading the line ahead of Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi, and hoping to add to his nine goals so far in 2016/17.