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Liverpool Receive Injury Boost Ahead Of PSG Clash: Why This Is Important For Klopp’s Team

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Liverpool have received a positive update on the eye injury that their Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino sustained during the encounter against Tottenham Hotspur at the Wembley Stadium. The Merseyside club has confirmed on their official site that the Brazilian international’s injury is not severe and the striker ‘has not been ruled out’ from featuring against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

Firmino’s Injury Not Serious: A Big Boost For The Reds?

This recent development would be a massive boost for the Reds as they look to take on the reigning Ligue 1 champions in what is set to be another grand European spectacle at Anfield. Firmino was at the heart of everything Liverpool did well going forward against Spurs, so he would be a big miss if the eye injury keeps him out of Tuesday’s contest.

Liverpool’s Dip In Form Going Forward

It is no secret that Liverpool’s terrific front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Firmino has not fired on all cylinders this season. Mane has impressed during the first few games, and now it looks like Firmino has joined in on the goalscoring act. However, Salah has missed a lot of opportunities to score in recent weeks which could be a cause for major concern. Hence, Jurgen Klopp’s side needs Firmino to be at his best, now more than ever, if they want to earn a positive result against PSG in midweek.

What Does Firmino Add To The Liverpool Attack?

The Brazilian is an integral part of Jurgen Klopp’s attack. He is not a traditional centre-forward and primarily floats in and around the opposition penalty box to create chances for Mane and Salah. He also has a knack of getting in at the end of crosses to score himself as evidenced by his goal versus Spurs on Saturday afternoon. 

Firmino is the perfect spearhead to Klopp’s attack as he is also responsible for pressing high up the pitch and his outstanding work-rate goes a long way in helping Liverpool win back the ball when they are not in possession. 

Why Is The Brazilian So Important To Klopp’s Team?

The Reds do not have a replacement for Firmino. Klopp might be forced to opt for Daniel Sturridge in the Brazilian’s absence, but he is more of an old-fashioned centre-forward and is not as effective while linking up with his teammates up top.

Firmino is a special talent whose work on the pitch often goes unnoticed. Liverpool are not the same threat going forward in his absence as he is the heart and soul of Klopp’s team.

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