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    Wednesday, 9 December 2020

    Jurgen Klopp gives Alisson Becker injury update as Liverpool continue without Thiago Alcantara

    The Reds head to Midtjylland in the Champions League without Alisson Becker and a host of other names


    Alisson Becker will miss Liverpool's trip to Midtjylland in the Champions League after Jurgen Klopp delivered the latest injury updates.

    Goalkeeper Alisson has sat out the last two fixtures after suffering a hamstring injury during the 1-1 draw with Brighton on November 28, with Academy graduate Caoimhin Kelleher standing in during his absence.

    The Brazil No.1 will also be left behind when the Premier League champions visit the Danes on Wednesday and Kelleher will continue in goal for the Reds ahead of the more experienced Adrian.

    Klopp is also without Xherdan Shaqiri, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Thiago Alcantara and James Milner for the game, while Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk remain long-term absences with respective knee injuries .

    The Liverpool boss did, however, reveal that there had been no problems picked up in his squad from Sunday's 4-0 win over Wolves at Anfield.

    That means both Naby Keita and Trent Alexander-Arnold are again available for selection after feeling no ill-effects of their respective comebacks against Wolves.

    Klopp said: "No [update], which is good news.

    "Nobody suffered any kind of problem or injuries or whatever from the last game which would rule him out for the next one.

    "On the other side, nobody is close enough to return to the squad.


    "Our squad has already been pretty young. We have four, five, six players I think involved in the squad during the whole campaign so far.

    "Yes, they will travel and then we will make a decision.

    "We have a session today, yesterday we had a session for the players who didn't play in the Wolves game, and so the one session we have together today, I still have a few hours to make the decision.

    "I will use the time and my lineup is not finalised yet, so they will all play a part in my thinking. So we will see."

    Liverpool head to Denmark as Group D winners and their place in next week's last-16 draw secure.

    With the games coming thick and fast for an injury-hit squad at present, many have assumed that Klopp would be heavily rotating for the match in Herning.

    Klopp, though, says he has yet to decide on what the makeup of his team will be at the MCH Arena when the game kicks off at the earlier time of 5.55pm.

    "You are right it is the first time we don't have to get a result in the last match of the group stage," Klopp added.

    "We are first in the table already so we have to consider the general situation, that is clear.

    "But we also have to consider it is the Champions League, we are Liverpool and we want to win the game. So all these kinds of things, in the end, will lead to a lineup.

    "I want to see our way to play, that is clear. Whichever lineup we have it is clear to the boys how we want to play, how intense we want to be and how difficult to play we want to be for the opponent.

    "So there are a lot of things I want to see, but that is the same for all the games and this game is no different.

    "This game is only one part different and that is we don't have to win it. As Liverpool you usually have to win them all but we still want to win it.

    "Everyone can see we go there and we want to win the football game and that is what I want to see.

    "It will be difficult because Midtjylland are much better than the table shows.

    "When you analyse them you see how good they are and how they have grown in the competition without getting points but it is a strong group.

    "I am sure they will give us a proper fight and we have to be ready for that."

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