Liverpool team news: Klopp confirms double injury blow + Alisson update
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Liverpool will be without Joel Matip, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker for their Champions League clash with Salzburg.
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Liverpool will be without Joel Matip, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker for Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with Salzburg.
The Reds boss held his pre-match press conference this afternoon ahead of the game and he revealed that Matip will miss the visit of Salzburg after suffering a minor knock at the weekend.
Matip was forced off during Liverpool’s win at Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon and while it’s not believed to be a serious issue, Klopp isn’t taking any risks with the centre-back so he won’t be involved tomorrow night.
Shaqiri sat out the trip to Bramall Lane at the weekend after suffering a calf injury in training last week and the Swiss international won’t be ready to return to face Salzburg in the Champions League Group E clash at Anfield.
Alisson has been stepping-up his recovery from a calf injury that’s kept him off the football field since the opening weekend of the new season as he was forced off against Norwich City over seven weeks ago.
He’s now ‘very close’ to making his return to action but Klopp says the Brazilian international won’t be involved against Salzburg so Adrian is expected to retain his place in goal for Liverpool.
Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com:
“Both are not available for tomorrow night. With Shaq, I don’t know 100 per cent but we will see. He will not be ready for tomorrow but I don’t know exactly how it looks in the moment because he is still in the hands of the medical department,”
“With Joel, it is not a big one but it is big enough that he is not available for tomorrow night. We don’t want to have any risks and we don’t have to take any risks and that’s why he will not be involved. I don’t know [if he will be available for Leicester City on Saturday], we will see.”
“Apart from that [Shaqiri and Matip], everybody should be fine. Alisson is very close but for sure not for tomorrow. I think that’s it pretty much.”
Liverpool head into tomorrow’s game looking to bounce back after losing their Group E opener at Napoli so Klopp will be hoping to transfer their stunning domestic form to the Champions League as they look to retain the trophy.
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