Jürgen Klopp provided an injury update for us yesterday at his press conference, ahead of today’s FA Cup fixture against Plymouth Argyle.
When the team news for Liverpool’s Old Trafford showdown with Manchester United was revealed, supporters on just about every social media platform lost their minds. Firstly, the club had just issued a statement regarding Joel Matip, detailing his eligibility to play as the saga with Cameroon’s Football Federation drags on.
Secondly, Nathaniel Clyne had been ruled out with a rib/abdominal problem and Jürgen Klopp had very little choice other than to bring in 18-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold. To be very fair, the academy graduate performed admirably, especially given that he was up against Anthony Martial.
Despite the gloom before kickoff on Sunday afternoon, however, Klopp says that Clyne is progressing well and has a ‘big chance’ of playing at home against Swansea City at the weekend. Furthermore, Lucas Leiva, who was absent at Old Trafford due to a knee complaint, is feeling very positive’ about his fitness.
“It’s getting better. With Nathaniel, it was a muscle between the ribs. Everybody who has ever bruised their ribs knows. OK, sometimes you think it’s better broken,” Klopp said, at his press conference, previewing today’s FA Cup replay with Plymouth Argyle.
“It’s really painful, but now we know after a scan that there is nothing else and each day helps him to settle and get back on the pitch, if you want. So we give him for sure, we have to, two or three more days and then hopefully he can start running and all that stuff.
“He is, how everyone can imagine – he made nearly all the games since I’m in and before, probably, [he’s] one of the hardest we have so the first second when it’s possible, he’s out there. He has a big chance, I think, for Swansea.”
On Lucas, Klopp added, “It’s similar to Lucas. His knee was swollen and that’s never a good sign, but in this case, it was on the better side of the bad news.
“Again, it’s only a bruise but then you have to wait until the swelling is away and wait for if something is coming back and all that stuff, and that’s what we did.
“He’s very positive, so maybe he can be on the pitch today, I’m not sure, we will see. If [he is], we will try to push it as hard as we can.”