jurgen Klopp happy as three key players fully return and fit to face Newcastle

Liverpool is dealing with a lot of injuries before their match against Newcastle at Anfield.

Following a resounding 9-0 victory over Bournemouth, Liverpool will face Newcastle on Wednesday.

Jurgen Klopp’s team had only five points from their first four games, dropping to Manchester United last week.

But they responded with a ruthless win against Bournemouth, who were simply unable to deal with the Reds at Anfield. In addition to the suspended Darwin Nunez, the Reds are beset by injuries, with more than nine first-team players now out.

Thiago, Diogo Jota, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Ibrahima Konate are just some of the names currently out of action, as Klopp looks to welcome the Magpies to Merseyside on Wednesday.

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Naby Keita

The 27-year-old was expected to be available at Old Trafford to ease some of Liverpool’s midfield woes, but in a fashion that already seems typical of the season, he fell victim to a ‘crazy’ injury the day before.

The midfielder featured in the Community Shield win but is yet to feature in the league, either through illness or injury, which is a huge cause for concern around Merseyside. And Reds boss Klopp confirmed Keita wouldn’t be ready for Bournemouth either.

He said: “Naby will not be ready for the weekend, it’s a muscle [issue] and it’s not 100% clear. We will see.”

Joel Matip

Joel Matip’s absence has been felt possible as much as anyone else around Merseyside, with the Reds center-back’s injury coinciding with the recent problems at the back. The 31-year-old complained of a groin issue prior to the draw against Crystal Palace and will again be unavailable for Saturday’s clash at Anfield.


Speaking last week, Klopp said: “How it happened, didn’t feel anything in training, walked in then said ‘yeah, there is something and then out for, I don’t know, three weeks, four weeks, whatever.”

But the Reds boss added earlier today that Matip could be back ‘this weekend probably not but after that’ – hinting at a return either for the midweek clash against Newcastle or next weekend’s Merseyside Derby.

He was then pictured in training on Sunday in what is a major boost for the Reds.

Curtis Jones

That promising line of a potential return next week was also attributed to Curtis Jones, with the midfielder also likely to be back by the end of this month or very early September. He, like Keita, featured briefly in the Community Shield before picking up a calf injury and missing the first three games of the league campaign.

The 21-year-old’s injury has been described by Klopp as a ‘stress reaction’, and pictures of the Reds man in a protective boot understandably sparked concern. But the German manager added that they caught the injury at the right time and are managing it carefully.

Jones returned to training on Sunday in what is a boost for Liverpool’s midfield options.

Thiago Alcantara

Spanish playmaker Thiago remains sidelined for the foreseeable future after picking up a hamstring injury in the opening day draw at Fulham. The 31-year-old limped off in the second half and a scan the following day gave a prognosis of four to six weeks.

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It was Thiago’s injury that upped the pressure on Liverpool to invest in the midfield, and his absence in the middle of the park has been felt massively. He is expected to remain sidelined for at least another few weeks.

Speaking in the press conference on Friday, Klopp gave a very brief update on the midfielder, stating that he ‘is not too far away.’

Diogo Jota

Portuguese forward Diogo Jota will be unavailable for Saturday’s clash and likely the rest of August after picking up a thigh injury during pre-season. He missed the curtain raiser against Manchester City and is yet to feature in the league or cup this season.

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With such a lengthy spell sidelined, the 25-year-old is likely to be some way off first-team action as he will take some time to regain full match fitness, but again Klopp was blunt but optimistic about his progress, saying that Jota ‘is getting closer.’

Caoimhin Kelleher

Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher remains unavailable for Saturday after he picked up a groin injury while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland in June. Klopp provided a prognosis of ‘2-3 weeks’ at the end of July but that has seemingly been extended, with the Reds boss saying earlier today that ‘Caoimhin will be training early next week as well.’


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