Liverpool Update: Klopp confirms injury blow; Reds linked with Eder Militao

Jurgen Klopp reaction, after Liverpool won Premier League

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that the Reds will be without Naby Keita for the match against Manchester United this weekend.

The likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Diogo Jota are already sidelined with long term injuries.

The German also provided an update on Joel Matip’s fitness and he revealed that the Cameroon defender has not had too much training.

It will be interesting to see if the 30-year-old is ready for the game against Manchester United on Sunday.

Klopp said: “Joel is close. Does it now make sense to throw him into a game with one or two sessions, which he didn’t do yet, but today and tomorrow he might be involved?

“To bring him [in], I don’t know. We have to see, we have to decide, we have to look at him and how he will train, how he looks in training and these kind of things, but we have still different solutions.”

He added: “Naby is not ready for involvement. It’s not a big thing; it’s a little bit like with other players in the past when they came back from injuries and then because of the amount of games and situation in the squad they had to play.

“Then a little injury happened again. Now we just had to put on the brake and say, ‘Let’s settle it properly.’ In the moment we have alternatives in midfield, so we really try to give him all the time he needs to get 100 per cent fit. That’s the situation, so no, he is not in contention for Sunday.”

Liverpool will be hoping to have him back for the crunch clash against their bitter rivals. Matip is the only senior defender in with a chance of playing on Sunday and Liverpool cannot afford to go into the game without him.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have been linked with a move for the Real Madrid defender Eder Militao and it seems that the player could be available on loan this month.

Given their injury problems at the back, Liverpool should look to sign the talented young Brazilian on a short term deal.

The Liverpool fans are certainly hoping that the club can pull off the transfer this month.