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Liverpool's Roberto Firmino with manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Action Images

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino with manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Action Images

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino with manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Action Images

Liverpool will be without striker Roberto Firmino for more than a month due to a serious hamstring injury, disrupting a title push that manager Jurgen Klopp says must be “nearly perfect” to succeed.

Liverpool won the title with 99 points in 2020 and missed out to Manchester City despite accumulating 97 a year earlier. Although Klopp has no points target in mind, he anticipates the highest-level chase for the championship, which means the loss of Firmino is a major setback.

“Losing Bobby Firmino is a blow,” Klopp said. “We are talking weeks. More than four – which I consider serious. Then we have to see. Bobby is a quick healer. It is not good.”

Firmino was forced off shortly before the end of the 2-0 Champions League win over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. His absence will limit Klopp’s ability to rotate his strikers in the busy schedule leading up to Christmas. “You have to be nearly perfect to win the league,” Klopp said.

“I have really no idea how many points you will need this year. It will be a lot, and so we had better win a few more games. You have to get through these periods and carry on, recover, carry on, recover. There is a specific mindset needed.”

Liverpool will break a club record if they avoid defeat by West Ham and make it 26 games unbeaten. 

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