The curse of the hamstring strikes again…
While preparing for the clash with Southampton this Sunday, Roberto Firmino pulled his hamstring according to the Echo, and will not be available for selection.
The Brazilian no.11 will be assessed during the international break, and will not travel to South America with his national team. Benfica’s Jonas has replaced him in the squad.
Already this term, Martin Skrtel, Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Rossiter have suffered hamstring injuries, and Firmino now joins the list.
There’s no word as to the extent of the injury, but his absence today will be sorely missed.
No player in the Premier League has been involved in more goals than Firmino since the New Year, and his role in Liverpool’s team is paramount.
With the 24-year-old out, Coutinho may move into the central playmaker position while James Milner or even Divock Origi could cover the left wing.
Firmino’s injury is a serious blow. The expensive summer signing has well and truly found his feet, and we can only hope he’s back healthy soon.