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“Not as feared” — Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool’s injury problem



"Not as feared" -- Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool's injury problem

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has confirmed that key players Alisson Becker and Diogo Jota are set to miss significant playing time due to injuries sustained in their clash against Manchester City last Saturday.

During the game at the Etihad Stadium, both players suffered fitness setbacks that have prompted concerns within the Liverpool camp. Jota had to be substituted off during the match, while Alisson managed to play through the injury, helping secure a hard-fought 1-1 draw for the Reds.

Jurgen Klopp provided an update on the extent of their injuries, stating, “Ali is a bit less [of a problem]. He cannot play tomorrow, not on Sunday, probably not the week after. Not as bad, but bad enough. Diogo should take a little bit longer.”

Alisson Becker, the formidable goalkeeper for Liverpool, is expected to be sidelined for approximately two weeks due to a hamstring injury. His absence from the upcoming fixtures will undoubtedly be felt by the team. On the other hand, Diogo Jota’s recovery is projected to be a more extended period, with Klopp indicating that his return to the squad might take longer.

The news comes as a blow to Liverpool, who rely heavily on the contributions of both players. Klopp and the coaching staff will be devising strategies to cope without their influential goalkeeper and talented forward as they navigate upcoming matches without their key assets.

"Not as feared" -- Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool's injury problem

The former Borussia Dortmund boss also spoke on what the injury means to Alisson Becker’s understudy, Caoimhin Kelleher who now has the chance to prove himself.

The German stated;

“Exactly that, that’s why we knew we wanted to have Caoimhin here – for these moments. Nobody, Caoimhin [included], wanted Ali to get injured but if these kind of things happen then you need the strongest possible option and that’s Caoimhin for us.

“That’s the only positive about that, to be honest, we can put in Caoimhin and that’s fine. Now he gets the opportunity, which he deserves anyway, he would have played tomorrow night anyway, that’s clear. But now he will have a few more games and hopefully he can show his full potential.”