Liverpool FC — Jürgen Klopp on injury reasons, Naby Keita future and midfield options

Ahead of Monday night’s trip to Old Trafford, Liverpool’s manager answered journalists’ questions at the AXA Training Centre.

The final part of the media briefing also saw Klopp discuss Naby Keita’s future and the midfield situation in his squad.

Read a transcript below…

How much are the injuries currently in the squad attributable to the quick turnaround from last season and the shorter pre-season you had? Or is it just bad luck? Have you had that discussion?

It’s a mix. Yeah, a lot of course [it has been discussed]. When you have a lot of injuries, as a manager you have to ask first yourself what went wrong, stuff like this. Then you go through it and it was really unlucky. It started with the two injuries, or three injuries, which the players brought here. Caoimh, I heard the Irish manager didn’t like it, or however you gave him the information. However, for us it’s like this: he got injured at Ireland and whoever was responsible for it in this moment did not pick it up. Then when he arrived here he was still injured without having massive problems. In a short break the boys don’t train like crazy in this three-and-a-half weeks. Two weeks off, one week a little bit, then first time goalie training out until today [Friday]. 

Similar [with] Diogo. Played [for Portugal], had one session with us, it happened again. That’s now really unlucky. Calvin Ramsay arrived with problems pretty early. The stress reaction for Curtis Jones – he is not a kid anymore but still young, it can happen. It’s really strange, nobody knows exactly where it’s coming from, but it can happen. So, unlucky. Oxlade with a reasonable muscle injury. Thiago. Ibou in a tackle, getting in, unlucky-ish. It was a similar situation with Kostas, just in training: normal challenge, knee a little bit strange, out. Bobby only a little but enough for not being available… and I forgot 100 per cent somebody. Naby ill. If they are not available it’s all the same pretty much. Joel now. That was strange as well, how it happened. He didn’t feel anything in training, walked in and then said, ‘There is something’ and then he is out for three weeks, four weeks, whatever. 

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