Jurgen Klopp provides injury update on Matip, Keita and Thiago

Jurgen Klopp spoke at his pre-Atalanta press conference, telling the invited journalists that Joel Matip and Naby Keita are back in training but Thiago isn’t.

The Reds go into the game against Atalanta after a character-building win over West Ham at Anfield on Saturday evening, with VAR once again proving to be a thorn in the Champions’ side.

Klopp spoke to the media today and had positive injury news to report.

Klopp’s side came from behind to beat West Ham thanks to a late winner from Diogo Jota. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY LIVERPOOL FC.

Asked for an update on any injuries, the manager told Liverpoolfc.com on Monday: “A lot, [but] I’m not sure about a new one. We have to see.

“Yesterday was recovery for some and normal training for the others, so now we have to see how the boys feel today. It’s pretty early now and I have not all the information, but I hope nothing serious.”

On Keita, Matip and Thiago, he explained: “Naby and Joel trained yesterday with the team, full, Thiago didn’t. So, that’s the situation.

Liverpool’s Guinean midfielder Naby Keita controls the ball during a training session at Melwood in Liverpool, north west England on February 17, 2020. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES.

“I have really no idea what I do with this information in the moment because yes, they trained, that’s good, it’s better than if they don’t train. But we have to see what we do with it.

“We have another day to make these decisions. A lot of players will be on the plane hopefully, and so decisions will be made late, late, late.”

Liverpool are top of their Champions League group after well-fought wins over Ajax and Midtjylland. Atalanta are sure to be a more challenging opponent and after back-to-back clean sheets in Europe, it seems unlikely the Reds will keep the Serie A high flyers out all game.

Only Sassuolo (18) have scored more goals in Serie A this season than Atalanta (17). ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY FOTMOB.

Liverpool might have Matip back for their trip to Italy and if so, it would be a big boost for the Premier League champions.

A third straight win in Europe would do Liverpool’s confidence the world of good given recent injuries and tricky fixtures.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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