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Klopp confirms return of key man ahead of Arsenal trip

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Liverpool have welcomed back a key man ahead of the trip to Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend.

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Roberto Firmino is available to face Arsenal on Saturday as Liverpool seek to revive their Premier League campaign.

Firmino had been unavailable for Liverpool’s last three games before the international break due to a knee injury. However, he returned to training on Monday and has been deemed fit enough to face Arsenal.

“Bobby is back, all the others not,” confirmed Klopp during his pre-match press conference on Friday morning.

The Brazilian hopes to help Liverpool close a five-point gap to the top-four ahead of the final nine league matches of the campaign.

But, as Klopp mentioned, Firmino is the only player to return from injury. Divock Origi, Caoimhin Kelleher, Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip are all still sidelined for the Reds.

Klopp also couldn’t provide a timeframe as to when Liverpool fans can expect Henderson to return. The skipper had surgery on a groin injury in February following a 2-0 Merseyside derby defeat to Everton.

“No, not really,” said Klopp when asked if he could give a return date for Henderson.

“He is not here in the moment, so he cannot train – but he will train in the next days and weeks, for sure.

“[There’s] nothing to say from me but the problem is I am not a doctor, I’m not a surgeon, I’m not this and that in all of the [injury] cases. It is just about time and if the time will be enough I have no idea, but I hope so.”