Liverpool to be without Roberto Firmino as forward suffers ‘serious’ hamstring problem and Curtis Jones out with freak eye injury


Roberto Firmino is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after the Liverpool forward suffered a ‘serious hamstring injury’.

The Brazilian managed just 33 minutes of the Reds’ Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid, after coming on at half-time, and was forced off.

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Firmino hobbled off against Atletico Madrid

Jurgen Klopp delivered the bad news ahead of their game with Premier League clash with West Ham on Sunday.

“Bobby is not good news with a serious hamstring injury, really unfortunate,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.com.

“We don’t know exactly how long he will be out but it will be not now after the international break directly. We have to work on that.”

“It’s a blow,” Klopp added. “I don’t know exactly but more than 4 weeks… a serious injury. Let’s see, Bobby is a quick healer.”

Firmino is set for an extended spell on the sidelines

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Firmino is set for an extended spell on the sidelines

The news that Firmino will be out for some time will be a blow Liverpool boss Klopp, who is also set to lose Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to the Africa Cup of Nations in around seven weeks’ time.

Defender Joe Gomez (calf) and midfielder Curtis Jones (eye) also missed the Atletico victory and will not be available for the trip to West Ham.

“Curtis is a completely different story; he was very unlucky in training – he got a finger that scratched the eye,” added Klopp.

Jones suffered a freak eye injury

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Jones suffered a freak eye injury

“I had a lot of injuries to players in my career, that was not involved. He is on the way back but we have to see how long exactly.

“He will be back after the international break, for sure, but in the international break we have to see when he can start doing proper stuff again.

“And Joey, hopefully after the international break as well.”

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