Jurgen Klopp issues Liverpool triple injury update ahead of Inter Milan clash
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has issued an injury update ahead of his side’s second leg with Inter Milan, as the Reds look to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition on Tuesday evening.
Courtesy of goals from Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino, his side hold a 2-0 advantage heading to Anfield, but Klopp rejected any thoughts that the club already had one foot in the quarter finals.
‘2-0 is the lead that has been turned over most often in football. If you are half-time and two up and you think you are already through, then you are already on the wrong path. The result was a lot better than I expected, it was a really tough tie and difficult game to play’.
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However, the German did issue a positive update on the trio of injured players currently at Liverpool. Thiago, Firmino and Joel Matip all missed their 1-0 win over West Ham at the weekend, but all three should be back in contention for the clash with the Serie A champions.
‘All three trained yesterday’, Klopp told the media. ‘I’m not sure exactly see how they reacted. Bobby will be fine but we have to see, he was out a longer time. Joel was only 3-4 days so is fine. Bobby might need something else.’
A return to 5 subs?
Meanwhile, Klopp has once again re-iterated his desire for five substitutes in the Premier League. Currently, clubs other European clubs, including Inter, can make 5 substitutes in their domestic league. While 5 subs are available in the FA Cup and the Champions League, Klopp has once again begged the English top flight to follow suit.
‘We played Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday and Tuesday’, he explained. ‘That’s a horrible schedule. It’s essential that we go again for the five subs. In one competition we don’t have that. It makes so much difference. I don’t see why it takes so long to understand that.’
Whether his appeals will be listened to remains to be seen.