Klopp on Liverpool v Watford – late decision on reds duo

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Wednesday 27 February 2019 - 8:00 pm
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Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino, who went off after half an hour against Manchester United, could miss Wednesday night's fixture at home against Watford.

The reds boss was giving his pre-match press conference ahead of the midweek game and updating fans and the media about the reds latest injury issues.

Firmino, Keita and Lovren updates

There were troubling signs when Firmino exited Old Trafford on crutches but Klopp gave a positive update.

“He looks good, we were obviously lucky. It is not as serious as we thought in the first moment - if Bobby goes down and leaves the pitch it is always a bad sign because he's a pretty hard boy.

“We play tomorrow and it will be very close for that, but there’s a big chance for the derby (Sunday's game)"

“Writing Bobby off is a big mistake because he recovers pretty quick.”

With eleven games remaining of the campaign it is likely that Klopp will err on the side of caution with the number 9.

Naby Keita missed training on Monday with illness but returned for today's session which is likely to see him involved in the matchday 18 at the minimum.

But Dejan Lovren's injury is set to stretch into a third month - 'he is getting closer, but not for tomorrow' said Jurgen.

'Pure opportunity'

Klopp continues to point out that after 27 games Liverpool are in a fantastic position, lets not forget the club are top of the league with almost 70% of the season gone.

“We are not that experienced in winning the league. But it’s so positive, so positive. If you only judge the moment and see the opportunity then everything is fine.

“But if you always look one, two or three weeks back, where we dropped points, where we conceded goals, thinking ‘we have to win that’ not ‘we can win that’, that makes life a little bit more uncomfortable, that’s the truth.

“Usually in a situation where you can be champions for the first time in your life – for a lot of our supporters it would be the first time in their life, and for a lot of my players as well – it’s pure opportunity and you have to use it on the front foot, with all the things you have to always do in football.

Liverpool kick off tomorrow night at 8pm at Anfield.  There is a full midweek fixture list in the Premier League with 4 games tonight but all of the top six are in action on Wednesday evening.

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