While using the combined view, image links do not launch in the browser using left click.

-Left click(hold) and drag the image a few pixels away
-While the dragged image returns to its original position, double click it

Alternate method:
-Right click the image, select "launch link in browser"

I have noticed that mouse hovering over the image usually causes the url to show in the status bar (bottom left). After clicking once with the left mouse button, the status bar clears, and the right click menu is replaced by "increase/decrease text size."

So how do I get image links to open in the browser by left click?
Extra credit if you can get liferea to keep focus (instead of having firefox move to the front) without setting the liferea window to "always on top."