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hamstring woe Jurgen Klopp admits to 'serious blow' as he reveals how Roberto Firmino will be out for

The Brazil forward lasted just 33 minutes as a half-time substitute in the midweek Champions League win over Atletico Madrid.

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Roberto Firmino is injured (Mike Egerton/PA)

Roberto Firmino is injured (Mike Egerton/PA)

Roberto Firmino is injured (Mike Egerton/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed his Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino has suffered a "serious" hamstring injury that will keep him on the side lines for an extended period.

The Brazil forward lasted just 33 minutes as a half-time substitute in the midweek Champions League win over Atletico Madrid before he was forced off.

"Bobby is not good news with a serious hamstring injury, really unfortunate," stated the Liverpool boss.

"We don't know exactly how long he will be out but it will be not now after the international break directly. We have to work on that.

"Losing Bobby Firmino is a blow. I don't think I need to say how big it is. It's a serious injury. We talk about weeks - more than four I consider as a serious injury. Then we have to see. Bobby is a quick healer."

Klopp also spoke about his side's position in this season's Premier League title race, as he was asked whether he saw Liverpool as underdogs in a battle featuring reigning champions Manchester City and European champions Chelsea.

"With our quality we should be in and around the top of the table. We don't have to talk about quality of City and Chelsea," he stated.

"The league has so many strong teams. West Ham, Brighton, Arsenal are better, Man Utd are strong, Leicester…so there's no game at all you can go and rest.

"You have to be on top constantly. Best league in the world for sure. It's really exciting to be a part of."

Defender Joe Gomez (calf) and midfielder Curtis Jones (eye) also missed the Atletico victory and will not be available for the trip to West Ham on Sunday, but there was better news on two key men as Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara are set to be in contention for this weekend's visit to West Ham.

"Very important, you see that. Fab was clear – he was not that long out – that he can maybe go, how we decided then 60 minutes," added Klopp .

"And swapping that with Thiago was probably exactly the right thing to do, now they should be both a big step ahead, so all good."

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