Jurgen Klopp has suggested that Roberto Firmino could be available for Liverpool’s Premier League opener against West Ham next week. Firmino returned to first team training last week alongside England international Trent Alexander-Arnold, after both players were given additional time off following the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Last season, the trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino formed one of the most cohesive attacking units that the Premier League has ever witnessed. Their outstanding performances saw Liverpool progress all the way to the Champions League final, and the Reds have only strengthened their squad over the last few weeks, adding the likes of goalkeeper Alisson, winger Xherdan Shaqiri, and midfielders Fabinho and Naby Keita.
Jurgen Klopp is now eyeing a lively start to the upcoming 2018/19 campaign, but like many ‘Big Six’ managers, is set to be without a number of important players. The German has now revealed that Roberto Firmino and Trent Alexander-Arnold will be back to full fitness ahead of Liverpool’s game against West Ham on August 12.
Referencing Firmino, Klopp explained: “It’s good to have him here, he looks in good shape, and if possible we will see [if he can play against Napoli]. “Training for the outfield players is obviously different than for the goalies, but we want to see him as well against Napoli. We will see for how long.
“When we start against West Ham, he will have had then two weeks after three weeks off, it should be possible but we will see until then.
“In the moment he looks good, his programme is obviously pretty different. He is part of most of the sessions when the boys do something different that is not the highest intensity, so then he needs to do a little bit more, like Trent will do now.
“Step by step, they are all coming back and it’s the best news.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool are set to take on Napoli later today in their penultimate pre-season fixture. The Reds claimed an emphatic 4-1 victory over rivals Manchester United in their last match, with Sadio Mane, Daniel Sturridge, Oluwaseyi Ojo, and Xherdan Shaqiri finding the back of the net.