Liverpool 3 Osasuna 1: Firmino scores twice as Reds win friendly but Curtis Jones hobbles off injured

ROBERTO FIRMINO scored twice as Liverpool won their final game of pre-season.

Andy Robertson had already given Jurgen Klopp a boost by revealing his ankle injury is not as bad as first feared.

Then Kostas Tsimikias provided the German boss with a second lift after Klopp lost his No 1 left back for the start of the season.

The Greek deputy delivered exactly the kind of cross – put away by Roberto Firmino – that has made the Scotland skipper so crucial to Klopp and his team.

Tsimikas laid his side’s second goal on a plate for the Brazilian’s 21st minute first goal in Liverpool’s back-to- back friendly against Spanish opposition.

Last Sunday’s meeting with Athletic Bilbao saw Robbo limp off and he was pictured leaving the Spire hospital wearing a protective boot.

Robertson, 27, who is expected to be out for around a month, wrote: "Thanks to everyone for the kind messages and support.

"Scan suggests nothing too major but there’s some ligament damage which will need to mend.

"I will be grafting every day so I can help the team again sooner rather than later. Good luck to the boys playing tonight."

Speaking after the 3-1 win over Osasuna on Monday night, Klopp said: "I think we got lucky. It could have been much worse.

"It will not be too long. I’m not sure if it will be before the international break or after it but, as I say, I think we got lucky."

As a result, Tsimikas is certain to start in the season opener at Norwich City following a win that saw Takumi Minamino collect the opener – after a heavy deflection – with Firmino grabbing a double.

Kick off at Anfield was delayed by 15 minutes due to long queues for the 40,000 strong crowd to get into the ground, but once the game was underway they were treated to a stellar performance.

The Reds took the lead after just 15 minutes, with Takumi Minamino running on to a Fabinho lofted through ball and his effort deflected off Jesus Areso Blanco and cruelly looped over Osasuna goalkeeper Juan Perez and into the back of the net.

A first half double from Roberto Firmino made it 3-0 at the break with Liverpool in cruise control, the only downside being Curtis Jones hobbling off after half an hour with an apparent hip injury.

Jordan Henderson and Thiago came on in the second half showing they are closing in on full fitness although neither are expected to feature in the starting line-up at Carrow Road.

Centre-back Ibrahima Konate made his Anfield debut and told the club website: "To be honest, I don’t have the words to explain my feelings when I put my first foot on the pitch.

"It’s amazing and I’m very happy to have my first game at Anfield with fans.

"Today was amazing. I cannot imagine the stadium in the Premier League or Champions League."

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