Liverpool could have quite the injury issue ahead of the trip to Man City on Sunday, with Jurgen Klopp explaining that neither Roberto Firmino or Divock Origi have trained this week.
The manager had suggested previously that English duo Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge wouldn’t be fit for the trip to the City of Manchester Stadium and confirmed they continue to be sidelined.
“We missed a few players in training this week,” he said at his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon. “No chance for Henderson and Sturridge.”
Roberto Firmino missed last week’s match against Burnley and Klopp explained that the Brazilian has so far not trained this week but “should train today or tomorrow (Saturday).”
However, there was further bad news with the manager revealing that Divock Origi has also not trained.
“The icing on cake was Origi not training yesterday because he didn’t feel too good,” explained Klopp.
That means Klopp has spent the week preparing for the trip to the top-four rivals without a recognised centre-forward.
But Firmino, who was in light training on his own on Wednesday and Thursday, will hopefully be able to take partt in full training on Friday afternoon and therefore be ready to lead the attack on Sunday afternoon.
Should Firmino and Origi be both unavailable, it would likely mean using Sadio Mane as an auxiliary centre-forward.
Youngster Ben Woodburn could then come into contention for a starting role, but all being well Firmino will be ok.
The only positive injury news was that Dejan Lovren is back fit, having played for the Under-23s on Monday night. He’s not started since Chelsea at home at the end of January.
Meanwhile, Klopp confirmed that “at the moment” Henderson should be back available after the international break when the Reds host Everton at Anfield on April 1.
UPDATE: Origi took part in full training on Friday afternoon, but not clear if Firmino did or not.