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Sturridge ready to step in as Liverpool wait on Firmino for PSG clash

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is hopeful Roberto Firmino will be fit to face Paris St Germain in Tuesday's Champions League game at Anfield.

The Brazilian forward suffered an abrasion of the eye during a clash with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen in Saturday's 2-1 win at Wembley.

Asked if Firmino would be available to take on the French side, Klopp said: "He couldn't play today, no chance, but we are hoping tomorrow.  It is good news it will be close. It was a big relief for all of us."

Daniel Sturridge could be handed a rare opportunity if Firmino is ruled out.

"He will be ready," Klopp said of Sturridge, who has made four substitute appearances this season.

"If Bobby can't play, Dom (Solanke) and Divock (Origi) can't, then we are short of options. They got little injuries in the under-23 game with Swansea."

Big-spending PSG have so far failed to deliver in the Champions League but Klopp rates them among the best sides in Europe.

"PSG are one of the favourites for the competition," he added.  "I don't want to play mind games, this side is built for winning the Champions League with the unbelievable quality they have."

Neymar is expected to return after he, along with Kylian Mbappe, sat out Friday's 4-0 victory over St Etienne.

Klopp said: "He was rested at the weekend so he will be 100 per cent fresh for us and we will see the full Neymar package."

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