Jurgen Klopp confident Liverpool's defensive injuries just short term

Annette Crawford
January 12, 2019

Dejan Lovren became the latest Liverpool centre-back to pick up an injury when he came off after five minutes of the third-round tie, clutching his left hamstring.

Liverpool's centre-back concerns have been eased after Jurgen Klopp said Joel Matip had returned to full training.

"They are not out for long".

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"And he said as much afterwards, by saying that the players he brought in, even the experienced players that were brought into the side, were struggling for rhythm and that just made it harder for the younger players who were brought in, which we should have been able to tell beforehand really".


'Joel trained yesterday for the first time with the team.

The German indicated that Brazilian holding midfielder Fabinho could again fill-in alongside Virgil van Dijk and noted it was not a major shift for him to drop deeper.

"It's interesting, despite making the changes he still lost a centre-half as well, with [Dejan] Lovren [getting injured], so looks like Fabinho at the back at the weekend".

Klopp said he welcomed the extra training time the break would allow, but admitted his preference would have been for Liverpool to still be in the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup. There's no advantage, we have to use the time.

Klopp, whose team are also out of the League Cup, conceded however that he does prefer to have the opportunity to train more with single game weeks. "We have to decide day-by-day how he is doing". But we are not in, so we have to make the best of the time we have now and get as many points as possible. I know Pep (Guardiola) said already that he prefers to be in four competitions.

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