Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp provided an injury update at today’s pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s huge Premier League encounter between the two giants of English football.
The Reds travel to Old Trafford for Sunday’s afternoon match in 2nd place behind leaders Manchester City and providing we aren’t turned over, we’d go back to the top of the table due to our game in hand.
Dejan Lovren will miss the game due to his hamstring injury which he sustained against Wolves in the FA Cup last month while Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster are still unavailable. Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is available after being suspended for Tuesday’s Champions League draw with Bayern Munich.
Speaking earlier today, Klopp said: “Dejan is not in, Joe is not in, but I think pretty much all the rest are in training at least.
“Rhian Brewster is still only in little parts (training sessions at Melwood), Ox in bigger parts but not ready to play. The rest have trained and will train with us, but there is still a little bit of time.
“Usually now I get the message that somebody is ill in the last three weeks, so I am still a bit nervous about that!
“But until now I didn’t hear anything.”
He added: “It’s a big one. They are in a good moment, physically strong, defend and attack well. Full of confidence. We will try everything to get a result there.
“They’re full of confidence, that’s clear. We will go there as good as possible prepared. You never know. It’s open until the final whistle. We try and use that time.”
United, unbeaten in 9 league games, are looking at a 12th win in 14 in all competitions under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who understands how important the fixture is to both clubs having been involved himself as a player.
The caretaker manager commented: “I’ve played in a few of these myself and I know the magnitude of it for the fans, for everyone who works here, the staff.
“There have been many comments about, ‘this is the big one’ and ‘we’re looking forward to this one’.
“Then it’s our job to be focusing and channelling all that energy into performance mode. It’s not about emotions.
“I understand that emotion can be brought into it, but we have to stay focused and controlled but with some fight in us as well.”
Anthony Martial (groin) and Jesse Lingard (hamstring) could return on Sunday, a couple of week’s ahead of schedule. David de Gea is set to return in goal after sitting out Monday’s FA Cup win over Chelsea as Sergio Romero was given a run out.
Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo are all carrying injuries.