Liverpool Team News: Midfielder Out Of Man City Game, Sturridge & Sakho Also Doubts

By on March 1, 2016

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Liverpool will be out to avenge their Capital One Cup defeat at the hands of Manchester City when they welcome the Citizens to Anfield on Wednesday night.

Ahead of the game, Jurgen Klopp has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he’s given a team news and injury update.

Unfortunately the Reds boss confirmed that Lucas Leiva is expected to miss the game tomorrow after suffering a muscle injury while taking his penalty against City on Sunday.

Leiva started at centre-back at Wembley and put in a decent shift but the Brazilian international has seemingly picked up an injury whist taking his unsuccessful spot kick in the shoot-out.

Liverpool could also be without Daniel Sturridge as Klopp has revealed the striker is suffering from cramp after playing 120 minutes in Sunday’s final. No decision has been made over his involvement tomorrow and Klopp says he should know more later today, but given Sturridge’s injury record I expect he’ll be given a breather tomorrow.

There is also a doubt over Mamadou Sakho’s involvement after the defender was forced off mid-way through the first half at Wembley with suspected concussion following a clash of heads with team mate Emre Can.

Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com:

“We have to wait for a few things, but it doesn’t look too good with Lucas – he will not be available.

“He had problems with a muscle when he shot the penalty, so I think he is not available. We have to wait, but I don’t think so.”

“With Mama, I don’t know exactly. We had to make a decision in the moment on the sidelines.

“I think it was the right decision but until now I have heard nothing about the real issue, so I have to wait for the final judgement of the Doc.”

“Daniel had cramp but we’ve trained for just four hours. We’ll have to wait a few more hours.” Klopp is quoted as saying by the Daily Star.

Liverpool head in to the mid-week action sitting ninth in the Premier League table so they are in desperate need of points, but Klopp could make a few changes in order to keep his players fresh after a gruelling game at the weekend.

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