Keita cleared to play after negative test & Van Dijk injury fallout – Liverpool FC Roundup

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Liverpool have no time to dwell on dropped points in the derby as the Champions League takes centre stage midweek amid a host of injury concerns.

 

Fallout to Van Dijk injury

The long-term worry at the back is clear, after the news that Virgil van Dijk could miss up to nine months with his ACL injury.

But the repercussions are wider-ranging than just a timeframe of the Dutchman’s absence.

Question marks remain over the use and application of VAR, with the Reds asking for clarification on how certain decisions were made against Everton.

And many Reds have been angered by the news that Jordan Pickford will face no punishment at all for his terrible challenge which leaves our No. 4 sidelined.

The Liverpool squad have given big Virgil their backing, however, sending him messages to say they’ll be with him “every step of the way” and encouraging him to return strong.

 

Keita cleared to play after Covid-19 test

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - Tuesday, August 25, 2020: Liverpool's Naby Keita during a preseason friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by Propaganda)

Expect Naby Keita to be back in the squad for the Ajax game in midweek.

The No. 8 missed out on the derby due to a positive test while on international duty, but there was confusion and a lack of clarity about whether it was a false one or not.

Ultimately, he has tested negative this time around back on Merseyside and Klopp says he’s back under consideration and looking sharp in training ahead of our Champions League game on Wednesday.

Klopp also gave updates, which you can see on the above link, on the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alisson Becker and Thiago Alcantara.

 

The good and the bad

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 17, 2020: Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara (L) and manager Jürgen Klopp walk back to the dressing room at full time after an injury time winning goal was disallowed following a VAR review during the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC, the 237th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Half-full or half-empty glass for Reds tonight? It’s mixed news on the fitness front, Van Dijk aside…

 

Quickfire LFC news

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - Friday, December 21, 2018: Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher working for Sky Sports before the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Ajax got ready for the Reds with a 5-1 win at the weekend (TIA)
  • Carra says the title race is wide open after Virgil’s injury (MEN)
  • Abel Xavier has spoken about transferring from Everton to Liverpool and why things didn’t work out (FFT)
  • And former ref Dermot Gallagher says Pickford should have been sent-off and it was “human error” to not do so (Sky)

 

Around the Prem

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 08: Jadon Sancho of Dortmund celebrates a not given goal after video assistant referee (VAR) during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund at BayArena on February 8, 2020 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Lukas Schulze/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images)

  • Newcastle fans have raised £20k for charity in a protest against Pay Per View matches, which is utterly brilliant (BBC)
  • N’Golo Kante is refusing to leave Chelsea despite Real and Inter wanting him (Star)
  • An American consortium remains in talks to buy Burnley, so maybe they’ll splash out the extra £3m on Harry Wilson in January (Mail)
  • And United are going to embarass themselves again in going for Sancho in January, as well as a Portuguese teen Luis Gomes (Mirror)

 

Stupid bitter of the day

Just Everton left-back Lucas Digne here, joking around about trying to stop Richarlison getting sent-off after he nearly broke Thiago‘s leg at the weekend.

 

Tweet of the day

 

Worth watching tonight

Monday night games for Leeds vs Wolves. 8pm kick-off, enjoy.

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