Roberto Firmino Is A Doubt For Champions League Clash With PSG Due To Eye Injury As Liverpool Arrive At Melwood For Training

Klopp said that Firmino (left) is a doubt due to the eye injury he sustained against Tottenham  

Liverpool players arrived at training on the of Tuesday’s Champions League opener against PSG with a number of fitness concerns in attack.

Manager Jurgen Klopp could face the French giants with only one fit leading striker in Daniel Sturridge due to doubts over Roberto Firmino, Dominic Solanke and Divock Origi.

Firmino sustained an abrasion of the eye during a clash with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Wembley, while Solanke and Origi picked up knocks in an Under 23 match against Swansea.

The players had a training session just before 5pm but Firmino did not head out with the main group.

Virgil van Dijk will be tasked with keeping quiet one of Europe's most deadly attacking units

Mohamed Salah, pictured (right) being driven to training, scored 10 UCL goals last season

Dejan Lovren hasn't featured this season and his last match was the World Cup final in Russia

Trent Alexander-Arnold looked focussed on the eve of Tuesday's European clash with PSG

Dominic Solanke, seen driving a Range Rover, is one of a number of strikers who are not fully fit

Jurgen Klopp (right) arrived at Liverpool training on Monday with fitness issues in his attack

Asked if Firmino would be available to partner Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in Liverpool’s attack, Klopp said: ‘He couldn’t play today, no chance, but we are hoping tomorrow.

‘It is good news it will be close. Everybody who saw the picture after the game, we were all shocked.

‘When we had contact after the game, it was a big relief for all of us. He will be fine but nobody knows exactly when.’

Should Firmino fail in his fitness battle, Sturridge could make his first Champions League start for Liverpool.

‘He will be ready,’ Klopp said. ‘If Bobby can’t play, Dom (Solanke) and Divock (Origi) can’t, then we are short of options. They got little injuries in the Under 23 game with Swansea.

‘But no problem with the first line-up, just options.’

Big-spending PSG have so far failed to deliver in the Champions League but Klopp rates them among the best sides in Europe.

‘PSG are one of the favourites for the competition,’ he added.

‘I don’t want to play mind games, this side is built for winning the Champions League with the unbelievable quality they have.’

Neymar is expected to return after he, along with Kylian Mbappe, sat out Friday’s 4-0 victory over St Etienne.

Klopp said: ‘He was rested at the weekend so he will be 100 per cent fresh for us and we will see the full Neymar package.’


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