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Injury Update: Origi, Milner still out, Ibe can return vs. Sunderland

Ahead of Wednesday night’s clash away to Sunderland, Jurgen Klopp has provided a fitness update on a number of Liverpool players.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 2, 2015: Liverpool's Jordon Ibe celebrates scoring the fifth goal against Southampton during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp leads his side to the Stadium of Light on Wednesday evening to take on relegation favourites Sunderland, buoyed by Saturday’s 1-0 win over Leicester City.

The German will be required to contend with a host of fitness issues within his squad however.

Speaking to reporters at Melwood on Monday afternoon, Klopp provided an update on the likes of Divock Origi and James Milner.

Origi limped out of Saturday’s Anfield clash with a hamstring injury, and Klopp ruled the striker out of contention—”miracle” pending—against the Black Cats.

“I cannot say too much about Divock, because I don’t have the results of the scan.

“We have to wait a few more minutes!

“If there’s no miracle he’s not available, so we have to find a solution to this.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 21, 2015: Liverpool's James Milner in action against Manchester City's Martin Demichelis during the Premier League match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by Lexie Lin/Propaganda)

Klopp will also be without key midfielder Milner, who has missed the past two games with a hamstring problem of his own.

“Milly will start pitch sessions tomorrow,” Klopp explained, revealing that the Liverpool vice-captain would not rejoin his team-mates until later in the week.

“He needs a week I would say, then he should be available.”

Jordon Ibe was a surprise omission from Saturday’s matchday squad, with Joao Carlos Teixeira taking the 20-year-old’s place on the substitutes’ bench.

But as Klopp revealed that the winger had been suffering from a handful of niggling issues, he told reporters that Ibe was ready to return at Sunderland.

Martin Skrtel, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez, Jon Flanagan, Daniel Sturridge and Jordon Rossiter remain on the sidelines for Wednesday night’s clash.

Flanagan has returned to full training but is unlikely to feature, while Klopp has suggested he will take a cautious approach to Sturridge’s recovery, after a long line of injuries.


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