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Jurgen Klopp admitted that Roberto Firmino is not in good shape

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27 Aug 2021
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Firmino completed just over 40 minutes of the Premier League clash before coming off for Diego Jota with the Reds trailing at Anfield.

Firmino is might have a muscle injury

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted that Roberto Firmino is not in good shape after becoming an early casualty in his side’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Saturday. Firmino completed just over 40 minutes of the Premier League clash before coming off for Diego Jota with the Reds trailing at Anfield. Mohamed Salah later restored parity from the penalty spot as Reece James saw red for handling on the line. Still, the hosts failed to press home their advantage and had to settle for a point as the 10-man Blues dug in after the break.” Is Firmino okay? Not really. Probably a muscle. I hope it is not too big,” the German explained to reporters after the final whistle.

The goal Liverpool got was obviously very-deserved

The Brazilian had only recently returned to the starting line-up after coming off the bench in Liverpool’s opening two Premier League clashes, having felt the effects of a busy summer of international football with the Selecao. Diego Jota proved a worthy replacement in his absence, scoring in back-to-back wins over Norwich City and Burnley. At the same time, the upcoming international break will afford Firmino a fortnight’s recovery before Klopp’s men return to league action. The manner of Liverpool’s equaliser caused some discussion, with doubt remaining over whether James intended to handle on the line. Klopp, though, is convinced that the right decision was made. “The goal we got was obviously very deserved. I think it is a clear penalty. We forced it in that situation,” he added.

“Second half everyone thinks ‘come on’. There is a definite advantage in possession. You have to outnumber them and defend them really high, but the defensive structure changes in that case that they are only defending slightly deeper, but they have eight players defending that area around the box so that we couldn’t use that. We had our shots from a distance, I would have loved to have been a bit closer for the rebound, but it was a good game.”

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