Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino has been asked to train away from the rest of the first team players as Klopp wants the Brazilian to be in top condition in the final stretch of the season. Klopp’s Liverpool are in a 4-horse race for the 3rd and 4th positions in the league, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal fighting them for the same positions.
The Brazilian has burst into life in recent weeks exactly when his side needed him to as the Reds chase Champions League football next season. Firmino has scored two winners in a row after handing Liverpool all three points with strikes against Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion and Mark Hughes’ Stoke City. But Jurgen Klopp and his medical staff are worried that 25-year old Firmino has been overworked and is in the precarious red zone for picking up a muscle injury. An injury at this time of the season is the last thing Klopp needs.
Firmino has missed just two league games this season. He has juggled between his club responsibilities and national duty, traveling to South America to play for Brazil in an admirable fashion. Klopp benched Firmino for the Stoke game as a result of fatigue and has been keeping the attacker away from his other team-mates in training. Firmino has not been taking part in full training and did yoga and stretches by himself on Wednesday ahead of the Crystal Palace home game on Sunday.
The rest of the Liverpool squad were put through their paces with rigorous training drills while Firmino did a much lighter session, according to The Mirror.
“It’s been a very difficult week, with Roberto especially because we really need to be careful with him,” Klopp said.
“He’s our all-time player, he plays nearly each game. I think we did well with it in the week and having him back together with Phil (Coutinho), of course, is very important for us.”
Considering the 11 goals and 6 assists he has provided in the league this season for Liverpool, you cannot deny the Brazilian’s importance to the Reds. Kopites will be hoping for Firmino to be in the best shape possible as they dream of a return to European club football’s biggest competition.
Liverpool plotting move to sign this Arsenal backroom staff member
Liverpool target Arsenal’s head of medical services – Gary O’Driscoll
Liverpool have identified Arsenal’s Gary O’Driscoll as the leading candidate to replace the outgoing Andrew Massey. (h/t Daily Mail)
Massey who is the current head of medical services at Liverpool will leave the club on March 1st to take up a position at FIFA.
Having been at the club for almost seven years, Massey has played a key role in the Reds being one of the fittest teams in the league.
O’Driscoll is widely recognized as being one of the best in his field and Arsenal are determined to keep him at the Emirates.
Driscoll has been at Arsenal since 2009 and is one of the old guards who has survived various culls.
He has held lead positions with the British Lions and Ireland rugby team. He should now welcome the chance to work for the European and World Champions. (h/t Metro)
Hailing from Manchester, Driscoll could welcome a return to the North-West of England to Merseyside.
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Liverpool are an extremely well-run club both on and off the pitch. Driscoll should relish the ability to work with the Reds without having to worry about politics or unrest.
In Driscoll, Liverpool look to have found an excellent candidate to continue the work of Andrew Massey as the Reds prepare for life without the medical genius.
Third Liverpool star shipped out on loan until the end of the season
Isaac Christie-Davies joins Cercle Brugge until the end of the season
Liverpool striker Isaac Christie-Davies has joined Cercle Brugge on loan until the end of the season. (h/t Liverpoolfc)
Christie-Davies will now link-up with the Groen en Zwart at their winter training camp in Malta. He is the third Liverpool player to leave on loan this month following Herbie Kane and Rhian Brewster.
The 22-year-old joined Liverpool from Chelsea and made his debut last month in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals against Aston Villa.
Bernd Storck is the manager of Cercle Brugge, who gained promotion to Belgium’s top-flight last season.
The German coach was previously in charge of Royal Excel Mouscron, where Taiwo Awoniyi spent time on loan last season.
Cercle currently have 13 players on loan at the club. The Welshman’s versatility has seen him perform in midfield, on the wing and upfront for the Liverpool Under-23s this season. This could boost his chances of a starting berth.
Cercle are currently bottom of the Belgian top tier, seven points off their closest rivals Waasland-Beveren after taking just 11 from their opening 21 games.
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Cercle next play at home to Royal Antwerp on January 19 and should give Christie-Davies enough time to prepare for his possible debut.
Liverpool striker returns from loan spell after scoring just 1 goal in 22 games
Liam Millar has been recalled by Liverpool from his loan at Kilmarnock
Liverpool youngster Liam Millar has returned to the club after cutting short his loan at Kilmarnock. (h/t Liverpoolfc)
The 20-year-old striker, who joined from Fulham in 2016, is yet to make his debut for the Merseysiders.
Millar signed a long-term first-team contract with Liverpool in January 2019 and joined Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock on loan until the end of the 2018–19 season.
He made his debut for Kilmarnock in a 2–1 loss to Hearts and scored his first goal a month later against St Mirren.
He returned on loan to Kilmarnock in August 2019 on a year-long loan which has now been cut short by the Reds.
The striker made 22 appearances for Kilmarnock this season, scoring just 1 goal. (h/t Whoscored)
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A versatile forward, Millar is capable of playing both upfront and on the left flank with equal proficiency.
Liverpool had also recalled Nathaniel Phillips from his loan at VfB Stuttgart to address the lack of cover at centre-back due to injuries.