Now, speaking at his pre-match press conference the following day, Klopp has ruled the No. 3 out of contention, but revealed that Naby Keita could be back following a two-month absence.
“Naby trained yesterday with the team, so we have to see what we make of it,” the manager told reporters.
“Fab was not in training. All the rest [who have been out] as well not. Nothing really new.
“They all get closer. Fab gets closer, Milly gets closer, Diogo gets closer, but not close enough for the weekend.”
Klopp’s words on Fabinho, James Milner and Diogo Jota all being “closer” are obvious, but serve as a positive sign for the Reds moving forward, potentially with a return for at least one at Sheffield United next Sunday.
Thankfully, Klopp also confirmed that Alisson is “fine,” and bar any surprise will start once again, after concern over the goalkeeper’s absence from training footage.