Roberto Firmino left the field with an injury on Sunday but Jurgen Klopp has allayed many of the fears.
The Brazilian went off with ankle ligament damage against Manchester United. That in itself makes the situation worrying but things looked even more so as he left Old Trafford on crutches.
Liverpool host Watford on Wednesday and ‘travel’ to Goodison Park to face Everton on Sunday. In all, it’s the wrong week for Klopp to lose Firmino to injury.
Does Salah play as a centre forward? Do Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge battle it out for the role? It was unclear what Liverpool would do over the next two games.
But Klopp delivered a remarkably positive update on Firmino in his Tuesday press conference.
Klopp on Firmino injury
“He looks good, we were obviously lucky,” he said, reports the Mirror. “It is not as serious as we thought in the first moment, but if Bobby leaves the pitch it is not a good sign.
“We play tomorrow and it will be very close for that. Because it’s Bobby, I would say ‘yes [he can play]’, but I don’t know if I would use that chance.
“Writing Bobby off is a big mistake because he recovers very quick. And, obviously, there is a big chance for the derby. It looks good, obviously were were lucky.”
No one could have expected Firmino to be in contention for Wednesday’s game. As Klopp admits, though, he probably still shouldn’t be.
The game against Everton is the big one; Liverpool should expect victory over Watford with or without Firmino.
Maybe Sturridge, Origi, or Xherdan Shaqiri could come in to give Firmino a rest. It’s the midweek game between two huge away fixtures, anyway, meaning Klopp will likely want to rotate as it is.
Regardless, Firmino has shown an incredible ability to recover. Perhaps the luck is on Liverpool’s side right now as they prepare for the run-in.