Klopp laments over Liverpool’s injury woes
By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is going to have a rough ride this season following the number of players that have been affected by injury.
Curtis Jones, Ibrahima Konate, Joel Matip, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcantara, Calvin Ramsay and Caoimhin Kelleher are all casualties who are on the sidelines.
Recent to join the clique of casualties is Guinea international Naby Keita, who got injured in training on Sunday and was left out of the squad that lost 2-1 in Old Trafford.
Keita is yet to kick the ball for the Reds this season, having fallen ill in the opening match against Fulham and was an unused substitute for Klopp against Crystal Palace.
In a statement by Reds’ boss, Keita will have to undergo a medical examination to ascertain the extent of the injury.
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He added that the club is passing through a tough time due to these predicaments.
“Naby was injured [on Sunday]. We need further assessment but it doesn’t look like he is in training [on Tuesday],” he said.
“Maybe I will know more [on Tuesday] but I don’t know.
“During the week it is not easy because we have 15 senior outfield players, I think, in training. That’s obviously not cool,” Klopp added.
Liverpool resorted to a three-man central midfield because they a short of attackers with newbie Darwin Nunez suspended for headbutting Crystal Palace defender, Joachim Andersen.
According to soccer pundits, Liverpool seem to be weak at the central midfield which Manchester United capitalized to record their first win of the season having started on a very poor footing.
Despite the injuries bedeviling the club, Klopp has brushed off any intention to sign players before the summer comes to an end.
He said, “We have at the moment five senior midfielders and we have to start with three.
“We could start with two if we would have more attackers, but we have only three attackers, so it means we start with three and then we change during the game.
“We have to think before the game and that’s the only reason for it, but this is not the story of the game. It’s just the decision for this game,” Klopp insisted.
Liverpool are yet to record a win having drawn their first two matches against Fulham and Crystal Palace before being walloped at Old Trafford,
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