Firmino may miss UCL 2nd leg clash with Barca – Klopp

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Roberto Firmino

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said Roberto Firmino is likely going to miss out in squad to face Barcelona on Tuesday in their Champions League semi-final, second leg tie. 

The Brazil international has been struggling with a groin problem and didn’t make Liverpool’s squad for Saturday’s Premier League against Newcastle, and Klopp expressed concern regarding the situation.

Speaking on Sky Sports Klopp said: ‘Bobby didn’t start at Barcelona, he had problems, he has still problems, he’s not even in the squad, he’s just not available. That’s just how it is. So we have to accept it, and that’s why It’s easy to leave him out because the medical department said no chance.

”It doesn’t look really good to be honest. It’s the situation, we all thought it would be quicker, especially he thought it would be quicker, but it doesn’t work out so we have to wait. Midweek is not really likely.’

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Firmino has impressed this campaign recording 16 goals and eight assists across all competitions for the club.

Opting to start midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum as a false nine against Barcelona, while Daniel Sturridge started up front against Newcastle.

Klopp said: ‘We all know how Rafa will line up, the expected one, 5-4-1, what made them successful in the second part of the season. Deep defending, we have to create, be lively, patient, it’s not new. We all feel good. It’s not that we came here today and though “grr Newcastle.

”You can see it only as a challenge or you can see opportunity in it as well. We decided to do it this way around so now let’s play football.’

The Liverpool boss added that his side were ‘prepared’ for the threat they were set to face at St James’ Park.

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In addition, Klopp spoke about the different tasks in facing Newcastle and Barcelona, with the Spanish side much more attacking in style.

”We should play completely normal football with the knowledge about the opponent. Rafa’s tactics are ugly but they can only annoy you if you let them annoy you. We are prepared for it, it’s clear, you have to find different spaces.

”Barcelona defended with one player less than Newcastle, that means they left up Messi and Suarez, they leave up Rondon, the difference is there but it’s not that massive. We have to find a solution. We don’t go for excuses. We want to play a really good football game and that’s all we’re thinking about, he said.

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