Liverpool Team News: Klopp Confirms Triple Boost + Updates On Can, Mane & More
Jurgen Klopp has given a full team news and injury update ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash at Burnley including details on Can, Mane, Sturridge & more
Liverpool will be hoping to build on their excellent Premier League opening win over Arsenal when they take on Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon.
Ahead of the game, Jurgen Klopp has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he’s given Liverpoolfc.com a team news and injury update.
The German coach was pleased to confirm that the shoulder injury sustained by summer signing Sadio Mane in training this week isn’t thought to be serious but the attacker remains a doubt for the Burnley game.
Mane was taken to hospital to undergo scans following a collision at Melwood this week but the results have shown just minor muscle damage so the former Southampton man should be back in action soon.
Klopp told the clubs website:
“It was a situation, a challenge between two players up in the air, coming down and then Sadio fell on his shoulder but it’s not that serious,”
“In this moment, I have no idea if he could be available for the weekend or not, but I don’t think it will take a long time. It would have been better without this situation, but things like this will always happen and you cannot avoid this.
“In the first moment it was not too good, but meanwhile I think it is all OK.”
There was also positive news on the fitness of James Milner and Daniel Sturridge with the duo able to take part in full training with the rest of the squad this week after missing the win over Arsenal.
Milner has been nursing a heel injury that he sustained during the pre-season win over Barcelona while Sturridge has been struggling to shake-off a niggling hip problem but both players now look to be in contention to face Burnley.
Lucas Leiva has also stepped-up his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury while Mamadou Sakho is also getting closer to full fitness following a calf complaint, but neither are available for selection just yet.
“In full training [we have] Millie and Daniel. Lucas is on a good way and made the warm up with us and then we let him do something else. Maybe today he is in team training, we will see.
“Mama is in a better way, not part of team training but is not too far away from it, so that’s good.”
Liverpool had a number of absentees for the Arsenal game last weekend but Klopp has confirmed that several players are now edging closer to full fitness with the likes of Emre Can, Divock Origi and Joel Matip all coming in to contention for a starting spot at Burnley.
The Reds boss continued:
“Emre Can came later in the pre-season, but as everybody could see when he came on [at Arsenal] he is in a good way. Daniel Sturridge is back. Divock Origi came later in the pre-season but again is getting better and better. He was not in the line-up, but he could be in the line-up – the same for Joel Matip, who had little injury issues, and Millie is back. He missed maybe eight or nine days but is always in good shape physically, so I don’t think he lost a lot. He is an option, like a few other players too.
“My job is to watch through the week who gives me which signs and then I will make the line-up. The last game is one thing I think about, of course – it’s important but not the only thing I should use for my decision.”
So it looks like Liverpool’s injury problems are easing as they head in to their second game of the new Premier League campaign but Loris Karius, Joe Gomez and Sheji Ojo all remain out with long-term injuries.
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