Klopp talks Firmino fitness ahead of big Boro test

Date published: Friday 19th May 2017 11:57

Jurgen Klopp has provided an update on the fitness of Roberto Firmino ahead of Liverpool’s clash against Middlesbrough at Anfield on Sunday.

The Reds go into the last match of the season knowing a win will guarantee them a place in the Champions League for next season with Arsenal trailing them by one point in fifth position.

Firmino, who has scored 12 goals in 40 appearances this season, missed Liverpool’s 4-0 win over West Ham but Klopp delivered some positive news ahead of the Boro fixture.

“No decision until now but he’s good,” Klopp said at the pre-match press conference. “He’s not been part of team training yet but we will make a final decision tomorrow.”

Klopp expects a tough test against Middlesbrough, who are likely to be playing under a lot less pressure than the Reds.

“Football games develop – and that always depends on the start,” Klopp continued. “The start is important but if it is not good it does not mean we will stop. We will fight, that’s clear. But Middlesbrough are a football playing side. They have good players. They are good counter-attacking, quick wingers, very experienced striker.

“The best thing would be if we are 4-0 up after 2mins but that won’t be possible. Starting well is very important.

“Middlesbrough have nil point nil pressure. They just want to enjoy a good game.”

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