Liverpool facing injury crisis after Klopp confirms fresh blow ahead of Southampton
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed a major injury blow ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Southampton this weekend. See the latest here:
Liverpool will look to make it two wins from two Premier League games when they take on Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon.
Ahead of the game, Jurgen Klopp has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this morning and the German coach has provided a team news and injury update.
The Liverpool boss has revealed a huge fresh injury concern as Adrian has emerged as a doubt for tomorrow’s game after suffering an ankle problem when a pitch invader slipped and kicked him on the ankle during the celebrations after their penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea in the Super Cup on Wednesday night.
Adrian will be assessed by Liverpool’s medical team today before a decision is made but Klopp says number three goalkeeper, Andy Lonergan, will be ‘ready’ if needed despite only joining the club recently on a temporary deal.
This news will come as a major concern as Liverpool are already without Alisson Becker after the Brazilian international was ruled out with a calf injury that he picked up against Norwich last week.
Naby Keita was an unused substitute during the victory over Norwich on the opening weekend of the season but the midfielder missed the Super Cup win over Chelsea after suffering a muscle injury in training ahead of the game.
Klopp has confirmed Keita will miss Saturday’s clash with Southampton due to a hip injury but it’s not clear how long the Liverpool midfielder will be on the sidelines for.
This is serious: Jurgen Klopp says Adrian a doubt for the game at Southampton. Injured his ankle when a fan ran on pitch and slid into the celebrating players. Klopp says Andy Lonergan will be “ready” if he has to play.
— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) August 16, 2019
Keita out tomorrow. Klopp says "not a huge thing but we don't know how long it will take."#LFC
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) August 16, 2019
Otherwise, Liverpool have a strong squad available for the trip to St Mary’s this weekend. Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to be recalled at right-back after being rested in the Super Cup with Joe Gomez in danger of dropping out.
Sadio Mane is likely to keep his place in attack after scoring two fine goals against Chelsea while Roberto Firmino and Gini Wijnaldum are expected to be recalled to the starting eleven with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner making way.
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