Liverpool: Roberto Firmino could be fit to face Middlesbrough

Rufina Vignone
Mag 19, 2017

The same article states that Liverpool want the club's striker Timo Werner and defender Naby Keita ahead of a potential return to the Champions League.

One man who has often done enough to keep himself out of the media buzz, though, is Divock Origi.

While breaking down deep-lying teams did become an issue towards the end of the season, Liverpool's Achilles heel has been in defence where they have looked shaky at set-pieces and struggled to close out games when on top. Southampton's Ryan Bertrand has had a strong season at left-back and has been heavily linked with Liverpool. Given he is just 16 years old, however, Liverpool are also looking to bring in Robertson of Hull City - a deal that should be even easier to strike now that Marco Silva's side have been relegated to the Championship.

The Belgian would make up Klopp's first ever starting eleven in the German's first match in charge of Liverpool, a clash against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

"Getting more experience as a team and learning to handle more matches will make us better". He opened the scoring on the half hour mark which was followed by an Origi goal on the hour mark.

"A war of attrition, competition, competition, competition with a long cup and more games in the league". Clearly it remains to be seen whether he would able to step up to the level required of a top-four outfit, competing in the Champions League, but there is simply no Boro player more deserving of the opportunity.

However, that hasn't quite been the case this season.

Before taking over as Liverpool manager in October 2015, Klopp wondered about the poor recent record, but says he can now fully understand the difficulty in juggling two demanding competitions.

There is obviously the good question of "Just how is he going to grow without regular game-time?" The Anfield faithful would nearly rather play the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, and when you consider their form in the games against the top six, it makes sense.

Jurgen Klopp is on the verge of leading Liverpool back into the Champions League. Boro will arrive at Anfield with nothing to lose and pride to play for, whereas Liverpool may well take to the pitch feeling the weight of the world on their shoulders.

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