Roberto Firmino was unexpectedly left out of Liverpool’s squad for Liverpool’s game against Norwich City after starring against AC Milan in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie.
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Jurgen Klopp has revealed Robert Firmino will be “out of action for a while” as he gives an update on the striker’s injury following Liverpool’s win over Norwich.
The Reds secure a comeback win beat Dean Smith’s men with goals from Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz.
The Brazilian climbed onto the bench in the second half at the San Siro to score the opening goal with a dangerous header.
And Klopp has confirmed the reason for his absence against Norwich is due to a muscle injury and as a result, the striker could be sidelined for a long time.
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“Diogo (Jota) is not available and we don’t know how long it will take,” he said.
“Bobby Firmino has a muscle problem and is out for a while, so we have to keep the boys fit and give the boys the same mentality that they did in today’s game.”
Klopp was pleased with Liverpool’s second-half performance as they came from behind to preserve three points after Milot Rashica opened the scoring for the visitors.
He added: “It has its moments, the longer the match goes on, the more I can enjoy it, obviously.
“A week or so passed when we played at Burnley, they give you a proper fight and over the years you learn to deal with these situations, again today. Norwich had a very different style but played reasonably, defended deep, had quick counter-attacks, making it difficult for us.
“We’ve had moments and then the game can look completely different, then a misdirected ball can be quite decisive, but these boys don’t give up, we can help from the ice. the bench, put really good players on and that was three days ago the game changer.
“We played really good football and scored great goals. The coaching staff, we also changed the system, switched to a 4-4-2 and that was necessary in the times. Points like this when you throw all the knowledge you have together – it presents them as an appropriate challenge to deal with because suddenly we are a threat every moment.
“Thiago with his pass, really fresh, really comfortable, full of confidence, that helped a lot. He’s a good player, we just need to make sure we have the right amount of space. can keep him fit.”
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