Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Roberto Firmino will be able to start against Southampton this weekend after the forward recovered from his eye injury.

Klopp opted to name Firmino among the substitutes for the visit of PSG on Tuesday night after an inadvertent poke in the eye from Jan Vertonghen forced him off three days earlier against Tottenham Hotspur.

However, the Brazilian was introduced in the second half and scored a brilliant winner for his side.

Klopp confirmed that he was back in starting contention for the game against Southampton on Saturday afternoon, but suggested that he could be paired with Daniel Sturridge, who opened the scoring for the Reds in midweek.

“Could they [Firmino and Sturridge] play together? Yes of course,” he told the press.

“[PSG] was an intense game, it was a fantastic game of him [Sturridge], to be honest, so that’s the best news and so now we know more about that.

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“A lot of games will come, so it’s good to know about that and that’s why I was so pleased with the performance, because it could be players say ‘now I play but I don’t have the rhythm’, but he had minutes before that and a lot of good sessions, so he had rhythm and played really well.

“That’s good and as I said there are a lot of games to come and these two boys can play together as well – they did in the past, by the way, and they can do it again.”

Klopp also offered an update on other members of his squad who have been struggling with injuries of late.

He says Dejan Lovren has demonstrated a ‘good’ level of fitness after missing the first part of the season because of a stomach problem, but will not be part of the 18-man squad against his former club.

“Dejan is close. He looks really fit; he did a lactate test last week and fitness-wise he is on a really OK level for his situation – rather good than average.

“That is good and good work from the fitness department. We will see. He is not in the squad for the weekend of course but we will see how soon we can try to involve him again.”

Adam Lallana, meanwhile, is said to be close to a comeback after picking up a groin injury on international duty earlier this month.

“Adam gets closer and closer,” Klopp said. “He is still doing his rehab work out on the pitch and all that stuff, so he is not too far away from the team for sure.”

Elsewhere, Dominic Solanke is ready to return to training, but Divock Origi is still struggling after hurting his knee.

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