Roberto Firmino sparked further concerns over his fitness on Wednesday as he was forced to miss Liverpool’s training session in preparation for this weekend’s crucial game against Middlesbrough.
The Brazilian was absent for Sunday’s 4-0 win over West Ham at the London Stadium after failing to recover in time from an injury he had picked up in the goalless draw against Southampton a week before.
He is considered a doubt for the Reds’ final game of the season in which they have the chance to secure Champions League qualification with a win.
Firmino’s possible unavailability means Jurgen Klopp’s mind could be made up for him in terms of giving him no choice but to keep his faith in the same starting line-up that punished a lifeless West Ham.
This would see Daniel Sturridge retain his place up top alongside Divock Origi as well as Philippe Coutinho once again feature in the deeper midfield role tipped to be his future long-term position.
A win will see Liverpool fight off fierce competition from Arsenal and consolidate a top four spot. An opportunity to compete with Europe’s elite clubs beckons and Firmino will inevitably be working hard to ensure he is able to help his teammates out and fulfil the primary target that was set out for them at the beginning of the season.