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Liverpool face Bournemouth in their upcoming Premier League clash this weekend and it will be a solid chance for the Reds to close in on second-placed Manchester United. We come into this game on the back of five consecutive victories – including two beautiful wins against Manchester City in the Champions League, and the team should be feeling confident enough to snatch all 3 points.

As far as team news is concerned, Jurgen Klopp gave a clear view of what to expect, via Liverpool’s official website. Our gaffer has confirmed that Ragnar Klavan and Nathaniel Clyne will miss this clash. Both of them are injured and are expected to sit this one out to avoid worsening their injuries.

However, Roberto Firmino is gunning for a starting spot. The player experienced some pain in his neck earlier this week but he is understood to have recovered. Having him back will certainly prove to be a boost for us since it will provide us with an interesting dimension in the attack.

Throwing further light on the subject, Klopp said:

“It’s quite difficult at the moment, we must wait pretty much [every] five minutes for some news. At the moment it looks OK.

“Unfortunately, I think, not 100 per cent sure, that Raggy felt a little bit [something] muscle-wise. And Clyney [is], probably, out. [He felt an injury] in training the day after the game.

“Bobby had a little [issue] with his neck but should be OK, I think.”

When asked about an update regarding the fitness of midfielder Emre Can, the manager said:

“Not really. We have contact with him, of course, it feels good, but it will take still a little bit of time.”

In addition to that, Jordan Henderson is expected to return to the starting XI against Bournemouth but Joel Matip and Adam Lallana remain sidelined due to respective injuries.

There are no fresh injury concerns for Klopp and that will come as good news for us since we need to have our key players fit and ready for the colossal encounter against AS Roma.

However, for now, Liverpool must focus on the game at hand. Bournemouth have been in decent form this season and they will be looking to cause a nasty upset at Anfield.

Nevertheless, if we stick to the basics and put up a good show, a positive result should be on the cards.

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Liverpool youngster picks up ankle ligament damage during loan spell

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Marko Grujic

Marko Grujic

Liverpool youngster Marko Grujic has picked up ankle ligament damage during Hertha Berlin’s 4-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach, as per Sky Sports.

The Serbian midfielder joined the Bundesliga side on a loan deal and has played four games for them. Hertha are currently second in the competition behind Bayern Munich with 10 points from four games.

Hertha’s general manager Michael Preetz was quoted by Sky Sports saying.

“Marko has managed to make a significant difference to our game in the short time he has been with us, which is why the loss for him personally and for us is very, very bitter.

“Now we will look after him and help him, so that he can play that role as soon as possible.”

The report adds that the midfielder had signed a new deal with the Reds before joining the Bundesliga side on loan and was part of the Serbian World Cup squad in Russia.

Grujic had a huge role to play in Cardiff’s promotion to the Premier League last season and did well in his three starts for Hertha this term.

Read more: “Legend”, “Never leave” – Some Liverpool fans want star to extend stay after brilliant start

It will come as a bit of a blow for the youngster to miss out on game time but hopefully, he will not be out for long and return to full fitness quickly.

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(Video) Mohamed Salah hands Liverpool jersey to tearful young fan after win over Saints

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Mohamed Salah got on the scoresheet against Southampton over the weekend but also there was another moment that is being spoken about on social media.

The Egyptian broke his mini-drought as he scored from Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick and he also had a few chances to make it two in the game.

The former AS Roma forward hasn’t been at his free-scoring best from last season but is slowly regaining his mojo in front of the goal.

Wayne Dunlop posted a video of his son on Twitter. The child was holding up a sign after the match at Anfield and Salah gave the youngster his shirt from the game.

It is an emotional video of the Twitter user’s son, Lewis, tearing up as the Egyptian hands him the shirt he wore during the game.

Salah even responded to the video uploaded and Wayne was very happy that his son received such a fantastic piece of memorabilia from Anfield.

The Egyptian is one of the best footballers in the world but it is moments like these that ensure the fans love players more.

Salah could have ignored the young fan and walked down the tunnel but he took time out to make the fan happy.

The Reds lead the Premier League standings at the moment, having won all six of their clashes in the Premier League so far.

Read more: Liverpool create history: Five talking points from emphatic 3-0 win over Southampton

The 25-year-old is yet to hit top gear but it only seems like a matter of time before the goals start raining for the Liverpool forward.

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Jurgen Klopp dispels injury concern after surprise substitution against Southampton

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Xherdan Shaqiri started for Liverpool in the clash against Southampton and was instrumental in our a 3-0 lead at half-time.

His shot was turned into the net by Wesley Hoedt for our first goal and his free-kick was slotted into an open net by Mohamed Salah for our third.

It was a little surprising that Jurgen Klopp decided to take the Swiss star off at half-time and replace him with James Milner.

Shaqiri was our most impressive attacker on Saturday as he played an advanced role behind our front three.

However, Milner came onto the pitch and we played with three central midfielders, something Klopp has used to great effect throughout his time at Liverpool.

The German spoke to the club’s official website as he explained he wanted more control in the game and that’s why he took Shaqiri off.

“I said to Shaq at half-time that I had never brought a player off after such an influential time without an injury. He is not injured. But I wanted to control the game and go back to our normal formation. And that helped, we really controlled it.”

The manager further added that it was not easy to make the change, given how influential Shaqiri was in the first half.

Klopp did explain the change to Shaq but playing the Swiss star had an impact on our defence and that was a problem for the manager.

“The only problem was defensively. Offensively, it was a good idea but, how I said, we have to work on that more often. But he was good and I liked it.”

Read more: Shaqiri shines: Player ratings as Liverpool defeat Southampton 3-0

The 26-year-old had a fantastic game and it will be great to see him play more games if he can have the same sort of impact in the coming months.

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