Liverpool Injury News
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that defender Joe Gomez will be assessed ahead of the Reds’ Champions League Round of 16 match against Porto tonight but has confirmed that Ragnar Klavan is available for selection.
The 25-man Liverpool squad left for Lisbon on Tuesday [13 February afternoon] and what raised a couple of eyebrows was the fact that Emre Can travelled with the squad as well, despite him being unavailable for selection due to a suspension. Furthermore, as things stand for Gomez – who has made 20 Premier League appearances till date – the defender missed Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham on February 4 and was also sidelined for Liverpool’s trip to St. Mary’s on Sunday due to a notable knee injury.
Despite him not being match fit, the England international has made his trip to Lisbon with the rest of his teammates but Jurgen Klopp has he won’t rush Gomez into the starting XI unless and until a green signal is received from the medical department.
“I don’t know yet if he’ll [Gomez] be available on Wednesday, but I think he has a chance,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.
“All he’s done so far has looked good, but it’s all been about waiting for the reaction. I saw him this morning, he looked good as well.
“We have a session tonight and tomorrow morning, so it depends on how he looks in training and then I will start thinking about it. I don’t want to make pressure or rush him; it would be cool if he is available but we will see.”
Estonian defender Ragnar Klavan has missed Liverpool’s last four Premier League games – starting from that 1-0 defeat against Swansea to the recent 2-0 win over Southampton- but Klopp has affirmed that he is available for selection at the Estadio de Dragao.
“We should be OK more or less – pretty much the only one who is completely out of the game on the plane is Emre Can because of his suspension. Raggy is good and he’s fit.”
Furthermore, as far as Nathaniel Clyne is concerned, he is yet to make an appearance this season due to a back injury which required a surgery back in November. The England international, however, trained with the first team as the squad headed to Marbella for a warm-weather training camp. The former Southampton man will obviously won’t be available for the first-team selection but Klopp has given a positive update on his status.
“Clyney is back; of course, it is absolutely too early to think about him, but he is back in normal training, so that’s cool,” he told LiverpoolFC.com.
“He’s been training for two days but after that long of a break, it will take time until he is able to play.”
Having said that, it is safe to suggest that Klopp might yet again go with the back pair of Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk or if he tends to shake things up a bit, Dejan Lovren might get a nod in between. Also, as far as the goalkeeping department is concerned, the German has already confirmed that Loris Karius will be retaining his spot ahead of Mignolet after his great showing against Southampton.
Paris Saint-Germain set to sell 23-year-old Liverpool target for €15m this January
The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season, and PSG are not willing to let the midfielder leave for nothing.
The report adds that Barcelona were close to landing Rabiot on a free but PSG claimed that the Catalans did not act “correctly”.
Rabiot’s wage demands could increase the overall value of the transfer, and the report adds that PSG are not willing to deal with Barcelona any more.
Liverpool could do with another quality midfielder in their side, despite having several options in the side.
However, Adam Lallana has had a tough time related to injuries while James Milner isn’t getting any younger at 33.
Jurgen Klopp has pulled off some great cheap signings with Joel Matip joining on a free while Andy Robertson and Xherdan Shaqiri have been smart purchases.
Rabiot has the talent to be one of the best in the world, but he needs to be under the right manager. Klopp has performed miracles with some players at Anfield, and it would be great to have a talent like the Frenchman playing for us.
Former Manchester City midfielder “scared” of Liverpool in Premier League race
Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has claimed that he is scared of Liverpool in the race for the Premier League.
The Ivorian won the Premier League with City a few years ago and was speaking on Sky Sports where he claimed that the Reds were doing well and were “very strong” (h/t Daily Star).
The midfielder lauded our efforts at reaching the Champions League final last season and claimed we were growing together.
Winning the Premier League in consecutive seasons is extremely tough, something that Toure touched upon. The former Barcelona midfielder spoke about Manchester City keeping hold of their title this season before adding that he was scared of the Reds:
“This year I know everybody was asking the question of what City are going to do this year.
“And I think we have to see what’s going to happen.
“To be honest, Liverpool are in good, good shape at the moment and I’m very scared of them.
“Liverpool are looking very, very scary this year.”
The Reds are four points clear at the top of the table after the latest round of fixtures. Liverpool needed to return to winning ways after losses against Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were professional against Brighton at the weekend with Mohamed Salah scoring the only goal of the game.
The Reds have some relatively easy fixtures coming up to keep hold of their lead in the Premier League, and hopefully, we can celebrate a first Premier League title this season.
33 wins, 24 clean sheets – The numbers from this Liverpool star’s first 50 games for the Reds are incredible
Virgil van Dijk played his 50th game for Liverpool against Brighton, and the Reds picked up all three points thanks to Mohamed Salah’s winner.
The Reds also kept a clean sheet, something that the defender would cherish and the Liverpool website shared some interesting facts from the Dutchman’s 50 games under Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool established their second longest run without conceding a league goal at Anfield in 2018. The Reds did not concede for 918 minutes as Callum Paterson scored for Cardiff in October to break a streak that started in Feb.
The Dutchman was the only defender to have played in all games that lasted the run.
24 clean sheets
This has got to be the best record of them all with almost half of the games Van Dijk played in yielding a clean sheet.
This season has been better with 13 clean sheets from 22 Premier League games as the Reds have tightened up the back thanks to the signing of Alisson.
Dominating the opposition
Van Dijk has an incredible success percentage when it comes to duels, with the defender winning 71.69% of the 445 contested duels.
The defender also leads the team in clearances (272), blocks (21) and interceptions (59).
Incredible passing numbers
Van Dijk has attempted more passes (3,643) than any other Liverpool player and has an accuracy of 88.64%.
The Reds have been supreme this season with Van Dijk leading from the back, and we have lost just one game in the Premier League too.
Liverpool have won 33 of the games that Van Dijk has played in with seven draws and 10 defeats so far.
The Dutchman has been one of our best signings under Klopp and is well on his way to becoming a legend at the club if he keeps playing this way.
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