Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has confirmed that Roberto Firmino sustained an ankle injury against Manchester United at Old Trafford yesterday – one that forced him to be substituted in the 31st minute of the Premier League clash.
The Brazil international had visibly rolled his ankle on the turf during the early stages of the encounter and this forced Klopp to make the change after the marksman was unable to continue playing with freedom.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Klopp acknowledged that Firmino had sustained an injury to his right ankle, although he refused to disclose the timeline for the absence until further assessment is made:
“Unfortunately I have no clue. It was something with the ankle, that’s for sure. Bobby said first he can carry on, then he showed it doesn’t work but I don’t know exactly. It’s Bobby, so he will be treated along with all the others but first we have to know what it is exactly and we don’t know at the moment.”
Liverpool produced an impressive first half performance against United at Old Trafford on Sunday, but they could not replicate the showing following the break where the hosts were largely in command of the situation.
Based on this, a goalless draw can be deemed a good result, in spite of the fact that United were hampered by a triple injury blow in the first half.
With the draw, Liverpool jumped ahead of Manchester City at the top of the table, and now hold a single-point advantage over the champions.