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“It was a minor muscle injury” – Relief as Klopp confirms the availability of key midfield star for Norwich game

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Liverpool narrowly missed out on the Community Shield to Manchester City on Sunday.

The Reds were beaten on penalties but had enough chances to win the clash in normal time.

Jurgen Klopp was allowed to make six substitutions in the game, and the German used all his substitutes as the Reds cranked up the pressure in the second half.

Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did a good job coming off the bench, however, there was one big name missing from the teamsheet.

James Milner could not play in the game against City, with the club confirming the Englishman had a minor muscle injury.

The Reds open their Premier League campaign on Friday against Norwich, and the manager was optimistic of the veteran regaining fitness ahead of the game.

The German was asked about Milner’s availability for the clash against Norwich and replied (h/t LiverpoolFC.com):

“I would say yes.

“It was a minor muscle injury. I would say he can probably train tomorrow, although I am not 100 per cent sure.

“For today it did not work out, but I think by at least Tuesday he can train.”

Milner could have a huge role to play this season

The Englishman is one of the most experienced players in the Premier League and hopefully, he returns to fitness by Friday.

James Milner
James Milner

The former Manchester City and Leeds United star has done a great job in the midfield under Klopp and was ever-present in our Champions League starting XI last season.

The 33-year-old is one of the most consistent players in the Liverpool team and he can also do a job as a full-back.

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The Reds don’t have a backup for Andy Robertson at the moment, and Milner spent one season as our first-choice left-back before the Scot’s arrival.

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Former Liverpool hero warns that Reds star’s form could dip later in the season due to this reason

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Latest Liverpool news: Barnes warns Mane’s form could dip later in the season

Sadio Mane has been a machine for Liverpool over the past two seasons. The Senegal star was involved in the World Cup, played almost every game for us last season and then took the national side to the AFCON final.

Barely three weeks after the final, he was back at Liverpool and came off the bench to face Norwich. Mane has bagged three goals in his last two games and should feature for us against Arsenal at the weekend.

Former Liverpool star John Barnes claims that Mane is in fine form due to a lack of rest for the attacker, and we could pay for that later in the season.

Barnes was speaking to the Sport Review and claimed that Klopp would be able to manage this situation (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“Maybe one of the reasons Sadio Mane in fine form is because he’s fitter than everybody else because he hasn’t had the time off, which he could pay for later on in the season, come Christmas time.

“But I’m sure that Klopp will be able to manage that situation.”

Liverpool’s over-reliance on their forwards

Klopp has rotated his midfield several times over the past two seasons but isn’t afforded the same luxury when it comes to the forwards.

Roberto Firmino only missed games when he was injured in the previous campaign, while Mohamed Salah also played in most of the games.

Liverpool have Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi as cover for the pair, but they aren’t on the same level as the African stars.

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Salah and Mane are extremely durable, given the number of games played over the past two years, and they seem to be performing at a high level and barely look tired.

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“I don’t want to talk about it”: Klopp refuses to confirm if Liverpool star’s future is at Anfield

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Latest Liverpool transfer news: Klopp doesn’t confirm Lovren’s future at club

Jurgen Klopp was speaking to the press ahead of the weekend clash against Arsenal.

The German touched upon a range of topics from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return to Alisson and Naby Keita’s injuries.

There was some transfer talk during the conference as Klopp was asked about Dejan Lovren’s future.

The Croatian has been linked with a move away in the summer (h/t Calciomercato) and Liverpool cannot buy a player until the winter window.

The European transfer window closes on 2nd September, and Klopp was not going to share any details regarding Lovren’s future (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“No comment on Lovren. A potential transfer or not, I don’t want to talk about it.”

Liverpool need to keep four quality centre-backs

Losing Lovren now would be a big blow as we would only have three recognised senior centre-backs until January. This is a risk that Klopp should not take and hopefully, we can keep hold of the Croatian until the end of the season.

Lovren is fourth-choice at the club, thanks to the form shown by Joel Matip and Joe Gomez but should feature in some of our cup games this season.

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Klopp has always been coy with regards to players coming in or going out of the club and hopefully, we aren’t left to rue Lovren’s sale this month.

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Liverpool open case regarding transfer of 20-year-old attacker to Serie A club

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Latest Liverpool news: Adekanye given reprieve as Liverpool dispute transfer

Bobby Adekanye left Liverpool in the summer to join Lazio in the Serie A. The former Barcelona and Ajax youngster left on a free without making a senior appearance for the Reds.

However, Liverpool believe that the Italians broke the rules to sign the Dutch attacker and opened a case that could have seen the 20-year-old not play for Lazio in the season opener, according to Calciomercato.

Bobby Adekanye

Bobby Adekanye

FIFA have acted upon this complaint and announced that the youngster has been granted a reprieve and can play for Lazio against Sampdoria in the first game of the season (h/t Calciomercato).

The report adds that the youngster can feature for Lazio until the dispute is completed, and Adekanye could feature for the Eagles on Sunday.

Adekanye struggles to break into the senior side

The attacker has come through the ranks of several quality academies in his short career but he was never able to impress Jurgen Klopp enough to feature in the first-team.

The youngster didn’t feature much in our pre-season this summer and Klopp already has quality wingers in the first-team at the moment.

Impressive youngsters such as Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent can’t break into the side either, with both players spending time away on loan last season.

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It would have been difficult for Adekanye to feature for the senior side this season and hopefully, he gets more games at Lazio.

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