Jurgen Klopp previewed Champions League clash Liverpool vs Ajax and gave injury updates on the likes of Thiago Alcantara and James Milner.
The Reds will host the Dutch club at Anfield and the boss offered an update on the condition of his squad ahead of the Champions League contest.
Jurgen Klopp gave a key injury update on Thiago Alcantara during his Champions League press conference ahead of Liverpool vs Ajax in a group stage.
Premier League holders and 2018/19 Champions League winners Liverpool are having an interesting season so far, and begin the month of December by welcoming Ajax to Anfield in-game day 5 of Group D.
The Reds boss also confirmed James Milner will miss the visit of Ajax but is pleased to have captain Jordan Henderson back in contention.
Every word from Klopp on other injury situations
Klopp has ruled Milner out of the game of Liverpool vs Ajax. But when he was asked about Trent, Keita and Shaqiri ahead of Liverpool vs Ajax in the UEFA Champions League group stage game, he said this:
“They are all getting closer to being back, [but] not close enough for tomorrow, I think. With Naby, we have to check there still, but with the other two, they will not be ready.”
“Trent looks quite good, but nobody gave me the green light for tonight so he will not be in it [training]. He hasn’t trained with the team and stuff like this.”
“I saw him today on the pitch doing his rehab stuff outside, so that looks already good, but I cannot decide when this rehab stuff is finished. I take the players only at the moment when I get the green light and that didn’t happen yet.”
“But from my rather experienced eye from what I saw today, it will not be that long anymore with Trent.”
Every word Klopp said on Thiago
“Thiago we have to maybe clarify it a little bit.”
“On that day when Thiago got injured in that challenge in the Everton game, there was another bad injury [to Virgil van Dijk] and after the scans, it was like one was really bad news and the other one was really good news because nothing was broken, nothing was ruptured and stuff like this.”
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“But, as we realise now, it was still a massive impact on the knee. The problem is in a situation like that, nothing is ruptured and nothing is broken and that means everybody thinks, OK, you can go after a few days’, but the impact on the leg was that big that it is still not OK.”
“It is not massive and he trains from time to time, not at the moment because we just have to realise that we have to go a few further steps. I can’t say exactly when he will be fine, but it will take a few weeks still with Thiago.”
Klopp on fans coming back
“I am happy for the 2,000 lucky ones who get to experiences live football again. It’s really not about us or the advantage we have with that or disadvantage. It’s a nice sign that these things are possible and I hope it is just the first step.”
Klopp on the schedule
Klopp on potentially prioritising competitions “I don’t have enough players to prioritise. It’s not about the competition it’s about the players. On Saturday the fittest players played.”