Liverpool dealt unexpected blow ahead of crucial Champions League clash with Ajax


Jurgen Klopp has provided injury update on Liverpool stars as they prepare to welcome Ajax to Anfield in the Champions League

The Reds welcome Group D runner-up to Anfield on Tuesday evening and would secure passage to the knockout rounds of the competition if they avoid defeat.

Klopp has ruled Milner out of the Tuesday night Champions League clash.

On Naby Keita, Trent  Alexander-Arnold and Xherdan Shaqiri the Liverpool manager said: "They are all getting closer to being back, [but] not close enough for tomorrow, I think.

"With Naby we have to check there still, but with the other two, they will not be ready.

"Trent looks quite good, but nobody gave me the green light for tonight so he will not be in it [training]. He hasn’t trained with the team and stuff like this.

“I saw him today on the pitch doing his rehab stuff outside, so that looks already good, but I cannot decide when this rehab stuff is finished. I take the players only in the moment when I get the green light and that didn't happen yet.

"But from my rather experienced eye from what I saw today, it will not be that long anymore with Trent."

Jurgen Klopp also gave  an unexpected Thiago Alcantara injury update as he explained player could be out until next year.

"When he got injured against Everton, there was another bad injury. It wasn't broken but it was still a massive impact on the knee.

"He trains from time to time but not in the moment. I can't say exactly when he will be fine but will take a few weeks."

Andrew Robertson meanwhile has urged his available team-mates to give their 100% for the night.

"I always go at 100%! When it gets to game day, I'll always do that of course," the Scotsman said.

"Certain games you maybe need to adapt. For instance, Atalanta away. We adapted a wee bit.

"Me and Trent played a wee bit deeper, saved our legs a wee bit [being more inside and not wide].

"We also got taken off that game because of how well we played and the game was finished.

"You do need to adapt, but not too much. You can't change everything. The schedule isn't going to change. We know what games are around the corner.

"It's just about trying to prepare as best as possible for them: listen to the sport scientists, listen to your body.

"So far, touch wood, I've been ok and fit. Hopefully that continues."

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