Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has, on Saturday evening, provided an explanation for the respective absences of Thiago Alcantara and Jordan Henderson from his squad to face Norwich City.
Carrow Road clash
The Reds are of course set to get their 2021/22 campaign underway shortly.
After disappointing en route to surrendering the club’s title last time out, Klopp and co. will no doubt be keen to kick their latest Premier League endeavours off with a bang at Carrow Road this evening.
And who would bet against Liverpool managing exactly that?
Virgil van Dijk has returned to the club’s starting XI following a lengthy absence, Joe Gomez is back in reserve, and with a front-3 of Mo Salah, Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane all fit and firing, a long evening could well be in store for those of a Norwich persuasion.
Below is Liverpool’s first XI of the new Premier League season in full:
🚨 TEAM NEWS IS IN 🚨
Here’s your first Reds line-up of the 21/22 @premierleague campaign, with @VirgilvDijk making his first competitive start since last October 🙌 #NORLIV
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 14, 2021
‘Wasn’t expecting to see them’
Whilst much of the chatter surrounding the Merseysiders on Saturday has unsurprisingly therefore centered on those opted for by Klopp to face the Canaries, others have also been keen to highlight the absence of a pair of key members of Liverpool’s squad.
The players in question? Midfield duo Thiago Alcantara and Jordan Henderson.
As outlined above, though, ahead of kick-off, Klopp was sure to provide an explanation for the situation.
And, no doubt much to the relief of the Reds faithful, the German confirmed that both Thiago and Henderson are simply still working towards full fitness, on the back of their respective efforts at Euro 2020:
.@JamesPearceLFC on Thiago’s and Henderson’s absence:
“He’s only had a week of pre-season so wasn’t expecting to see him or Henderson today.” #awlive [the athletic] pic.twitter.com/WllW1fn9uy
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) August 14, 2021
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