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Klopp unsure of Firmino fitness for Barcelona clash

Jurgen Klopp has said that Liverpool’s influential forward Roberto Firmino could miss the midweek Champions League tie against Barcelona.

The Brazilian sat out of Liverpool’s 5-0 rout of already-relegated Huddersfield on Friday evening after suffering a mild muscle injury in the final training session before the game.

With the Reds facing a tricky two-legged tie against Barcelona in their pursuit of making it to two successive Champions League finals, Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he is unsure if his number 9 will be available.

“Bobby trained yesterday completely normal,” the Liverpool manager said in his post-match press conference.

“It was not high intensity and I didn’t see it in training, it happened obviously in the last situation in training when he felt the muscle a little bit. Now that’s the official diagnosis, he has a small tear in a very small muscle – apart from the word ‘tear’ everything is positive.

“It’s Bobby so he might be ready for Wednesday but we don’t know obviously in the moment. But because it’s him it’s more likely than not but we will see. Of all the badness you can get it’s pretty much the best but it’s still bad enough that he couldn’t play tonight.”

The German did allay fears surrounding the availability of Virgil van Dijk, who picked up a minor foot problem against Huddersfield, although it didn’t force him to be substituted.

“He would have been immediately off but he said ‘all good’,” Klopp added.