3 out, 1 unlikely, 3 knocks, 2 return – Jurgen Klopp’s injury update ahead of Bournemouth trip

15 December 2017

Jurgen Klopp has given an update on the injury situation at Liverpool, with Simon Mignolet and Adam Lallana set to return away to Bournemouth.


Liverpool’s busy December has seen Klopp rotate his squad heavily—more than any other Premier League manager, in fact—and he has been without several first-team members in that time.

Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne have both been long-term fitness victims, and Joel Matip and Daniel Sturridge have also been missing in the last few weeks.

Meanhwhile, others have picked up knocks during matches and in training, leading to question marks surrounding selection for Sunday’s trip to Bournemouth.

Speaking in his pre-Cherries press conference on Friday, Klopp provided information regarding who is available and who is missing.

“Matip is in a good way, running outside, but he is not available for the weekend. It’s the same for Clyney,” Klopp told reporters at Melwood.

“With Daniel [Sturridge] we have to wait and see if he has improved since yesterday.

“There’s a few little things with Joe [Gomez], not from the game, which is why we left him out [against West Brom], but he should be OK.

[Andrew Robertson] had a few knocks but should be OK, and Adam is back in full and normal training.

“If nothing has changed since yesterday he will be ready for the squad, at least.

“Moreno has no chance for Sunday. I saw him yesterday on the [exercise] bike—he looked good, but not good enough yet. Simon [Mignolet] is OK again.”

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Wednesday, November 29, 2017: Liverpool's captain goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during the FA Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at the Bet365 Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Lallana’s return is, perhaps, the most positive news from the manager, with the 29-year-old making just one late cameo appearance all season, at home to Chelsea.

He was such a key player last season, often leading Liverpool’s press and guaranteeing quality on the ball, and having him back will make competition for places even fiercer.

It is a slight surprise that Mignolet will come straight back into the team following a decent display by Loris Karius in midweek, but Klopp has confirmed that will be the case.

The Reds head to Bournemouth desperately in need of a win, following back-to-back home draws, and they should have enough to beat the hosts regardless of certain individuals being absent.

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