Liverpool will be without Christian Benteke for the game with Tottenham on Saturday, although in truth, the Belgian wouldn’t have started anyway.
His international team-mate Divock Origi is fit, but star Brazilian Roberto Firmino will face a late fitness test in order to feature following a hamstring problem which occurred before the international break.
This was confirmed by manager Jurgen Klopp today in his pre-match press conference, as tweeted by Times journalist Tony Barrett.
Jurgen Klopp says Benteke is not fit to face Spurs due to a knee injury. Origi is available & a late decision will be made on Firmino.
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) April 1, 2016
There were suggestions we’d only have Daniel Sturridge fit for the Spurs tie, so it’s great to have Origi as another option, and hopefully Firmino as well.
Origi’s looked sharp but Firmino has been nothing short of sensational throughout this calendar year. He missed our defeat to Southampton, but we need him back – especially against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday if this weekend proves too soon.
Even if Firmino is ready, Klopp has Coutinho, Adam Lallana, James Milner and even Jordon Ibe for attacking midfield, so it’s not like he doesn’t have other options if he’d prefer to rest the no.11.