Liverpool Team News: Klopp Offers Update On Lallana, Can & Gomez
Jurgen Klopp has provided an injury update on Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Joe Gomez ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Brighton.
Liverpool will need a point to secure qualification to the Champions League next season when they welcome Brighton to Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Jurgen Klopp has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he’s provided a team news and injury update ahead of the game.
The Reds boss has confirmed that Adam Lallana could play some part in Liverpool’s final league game this weekend after recovering from a hamstring injury.
The midfielder hasn’t featured since picking up the problem at the end of March but he’s been in full training for the last week and Klopp says Lallana could get some minutes under his belt on Sunday.
Klopp also offered an update on Emre Can’s recovery from a back injury and revealed that the midfielder is still undergoing his rehabilitation so won’t play any part in the game against Brighton.
With Can’s contract set to expire next month, the German international may have played his last game for the club as Klopp says there is still no progress in talks over an extension.
Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com:
“Adam trains normally since around about a week or so. Yesterday [he trained] normally. It’s a long time with no football but Adam is Adam, so it looks quite OK, to be honest.
“The perfect thing now would be to start with minutes; we’ll see if we have the opportunity to do that. But [he is] as fit as possible, I would say.”
“[There is] nothing new on both parts [Can’s injury and contract situation] – still treatment and rehab. If we would have agreed anything, you would have known that. It’s like it was before,”
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Klopp also provided the latest on Joe Gomez after it was confirmed that the defender would miss the rest of the season and the World Cup due to an ankle injury.
Gomez suffered the problem during the early stages of the game with Stoke and decided to try and play through the pain but unfortunately the bas news was confirmed after the game and he was forced to undergo surgery last week.
Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com:
“That’s absolutely something nobody needs. We spoke about it a few times already, it’s like he sacrificed himself a little bit but we didn’t know [at the time].
“It happened early in the Stoke game. It was not his best game obviously, but after the game the explanation came pretty soon. He got the injury early in the game and carried on and wanted to help the team.
“I told him already, it was not the smartest decision in his life but it was a really brave decision. Now he is obviously out, I’m not sure if he didn’t play on [it wouldn’t have been as bad] – nobody told me that would have helped massively.
“It was what it was and now he is out for the rest of the season, which is really hard for us and for him – and exactly the same for the World Cup.
“It’s nothing you want, but something you have to accept and he has to accept. He is good in that. He is here and is doing his rehab; it’s already done, now he can count the days down until when he is back, but it is not early enough for the World Cup.”
Liverpool head in to the weekend action sitting fourth in the table and two points ahead of Chelsea with a vastly superior goal difference so a point against Brighton will be enough to secure a to four finish.
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