Liverpool Team News: Klopp Confirms Fresh Double Injury Blow Ahead Of West Ham

By on May 12, 2017

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Liverpool will be looking to tighten their grip on the top four with a win when they take on West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

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

The Reds boss revealed a fresh double injury concern with both attacker Roberto Firmino and midfielder Lucas Leiva doubts for the trip to London this weekend.

Klopp says Firmino has been unable to train after feeling a muscle twinge but the Liverpool staff are hopeful the Brazilian international will be able to resume training tomorrow.

Leiva on the other hand felt two different muscles this week but Klopp says the midfielder is expected to train today so both players will be assessed ahead of the West Ham game.

Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com:

“We spoke about Roberto. Since a few weeks [ago] we have to manage the intensity in training,”

“It’s a little bit another muscle which he feels. Everybody can imagine, Roberto is a real mentality player, so he wants always [to play]. We need to make the decisions for him sometimes.

“We left him out of training. It’s a muscle thing. We have to wait and give him as much time as possible.

“Lucas, after the game, [felt the same]. I asked both a lot of times, ‘OK? OK?’ and everybody said ‘Yes, yes’. After the game they felt it.

“After the game, Lucas felt two different muscles and we said ‘OK, we have to wait also’. Lucas could be back in training today, we have to see. Roberto, tomorrow if possible. Then we make the decisions.”

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There was slightly better news regarding the fitness of Daniel Sturridge as Klopp has confirmed the striker is now considered fully fit and available for selection this weekend.

Sturridge has endured another frustrating campaign due to a series of injuries but he could now be in contention to start after playing the final 20 minutes during the draw with Southampton last weekend.

Adam Lallana is also pushing for a recall to the starting eleven after easing his way back in to action following a thigh problem but Sadio Mane and Jordan Henderson remain on the sidelines.

Liverpool could head to the London Stadium just one point above Arsenal if the Gunners beat Stoke on Saturday evening so the pressure is on for Klopp’s men to get a win and tighten their grip on Champions League qualification.

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