February 3, 2023

Jürgen Klopp confirms a thigh injury has ruled Brazil international Roberto Firmino out of the Carabao Cup tie between Liverpool and Manchester City

  • Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Roberto Firmino suffered a minor injury in training
  • Firmino was expected to participate in the fourth round tie of the Carabao Cup
  • Due to the Brazilian’s absence, Darwin Nunez started for Liverpool at the Etihad

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Roberto Firmino suffered a minor injury in training, which has ruled out the attacker in the Carabao Cup match against Manchester City.

Firmino was expected to be involved for Klopp’s side in the fourth round, having played both warm-up games during the World Cup break.

The striker was left out of Brazil’s squad for the Qatar tournament.

Roberto Firmino suffered a minor injury in training to rule him out of the Carabao Cup match

Roberto Firmino suffered a minor injury in training to rule him out of the Carabao Cup match

Jurgen Klopp confirmed Firmino's injury ahead of kick-off against Manchester City

Jurgen Klopp confirmed Firmino’s injury ahead of kick-off against Manchester City

Klopp confirmed to Sky Sports that Firmino suffered a minor injury in training on Tuesday, which prevented him from being involved in the fourth round.

“We mainly play with the players who could now do all the sessions and had a break – apart from Bobby, who was unfortunately injured in training two days ago,” said Klopp.

‘Not big, but big enough for this period. That is why Darwin is starting now. He could have started anyway, but Darwin is starting now.

Firmino had played in Liverpool's mid-season warm-up games during the World Cup break

Firmino had played in Liverpool’s mid-season warm-up games during the World Cup break

Other than that, everyone else could have played. I’m pretty sure Hendo could have played, Fabinho could have played, Ali could have played, but obviously that’s with the competition.

“Only Virgil only arrived yesterday. We gave him two more days because he really is our all-time player.

“He played all the games for us, played all the games for the Netherlands, so we thought it made sense to give him two more days because obviously there’s a really important part of the season ahead of us and we’re really desperate to make sure we do it the right way.’

Firmino’s injury is an added blow, now that The Reds are already without Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota.

Liverpool will hope Firmino regains fitness for the busy upcoming schedule, with Klopp’s side heading to Aston Villa on Boxing Day on their return to the Premier League.

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