Liverpool Boss Confirms Huge Double Injury Boost But Key Man Could Miss Chelsea Trip
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that two players have been passed fit for Liverpool’s trip to Chelsea but Virgil van Dijk remains a doubt.
Liverpool will be hoping to maintain their perfect start to the Premier League season when they take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.
Jurgen Klopp has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he’s provided a full team news and injury update ahead of the game including the latest on Virgil van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum and Trent Alexandre-Arnold.
The Reds boss confirmed that van Dijk remains a doubt for the trip to west London as the centre-back is yet to resume training having picked up a rib injury against Southampton last weekend.
The Dutch international sat out the Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday night and will be assessed ahead of tomorrow’s game but Klopp is confident he has adequate back-up to cope if van Dijk misses out.
The Liverpool manager had more positive news on the fitness of Wijnaldum as the midfielder is fit to return to the squad after recovering from a minor knock and he’s expected to be recalled in the middle of the park.
Alexander-Arnold is also back in contention after returning to training on Wednesday after illness so the England international is likely to replace Nathaniel Clyne at right-back against Chelsea tomorrow.
Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com:
“Trent trained yesterday completely normal. It was not a knock, Trent was a bit ill, but yesterday that looked pretty good. Virgil we have to wait, he didn’t train with the team so far but I can’t say anything more about that. Gini trained as well, so all good,”
“Virgil is a world-class player, there is no doubt about that, and if you miss a world-class player it is not cool. But Dejan Lovren made his first appearance after I would say around 10 weeks [on Wednesday].”
“So, if Virgil is fit and can play then he will play, but if not then obviously we have options and that’s really good. His [Van Dijk’s] impact is always obvious, but we could play football before Virgil van Dijk and we can play without Virgil, thank God.
“But I prefer that he is fit and available and I can make decisions, if he needs a rest or not in one of the other games. For the last game he was not available but now we will see for tomorrow.”
Liverpool suffered their first defeat of the season in midweek following Chelsea’s comeback win in the League Cup at Anfield so the Reds will be desperate to get back to winning ways and maintain their perfect record in the league.
The Merseysiders have won each of their opening six league fixtures so far and can open up a five point gap with Chelsea if they come away victories from Stamford Bridge tomorrow evening.
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