Leicester vs Liverpool – Pre-match-briefing – Klopp

Jurgen Klopp’s men travel away from home to take on take on their nearest top four competitor Leicester City, who are three points above the reigning champions in the table. Liverpool’s defeat to Manchester City has most certainly written off their chances of retaining the title, and so the Reds will target a top four finish as their main priority this season.

On injuries

Liverpool’s back-to-back defeats in the league has seen them drop to fourth spot in the table, just one point above fifth placed Chelsea. Liverpool’s injury woes continued as Jurgen Klopp confirmed Fabinho will be out for the trip to Leicester due to a muscle injury.

Fab will not be available by the way, he suffered again a little muscle issue so will be out for this game. So we have to find a solution, all of them had the chance this week to show in training who’s ready, so I have to make a decision tomorrow.”

Jurgen Klopp confirmed long term absentees, Naby Keita and Diogo Jota are close to a return, but would require few more weeks to return to full training.

Keita is back on the pitch but not with the team yet. Individual training sessions, the final stages of his rehab, but still not there.”

Diogo is close, but not as close as Naby for example. He’s on the pitch as well, individual sessions, not the same intensity. After a longer time in rehab, you have to train really intense before you can go back to team training. Diogo, two or three weeks? Maybe? But probably the medical team hits me now but I think that’s kind of possible. Back in full training maybe then we’ll see how long it takes.”

On Alisson

The Liverpool goalkeeper was at fault for two goals against Manchester City, which effectively put the reigning champions out of the game. However, Jurgen Klopp has backed his goalkeeper to be return to his best against Leicester.

We of course had a little talk. He was not happy that it happened, but it’s very important to realise in a moment like this, goalkeepers in a long career they make mistakes.”

For a goalkeeper of Alisson Becker’s quality it’s pretty rare he makes these kind of mistakes, then he makes two of them in one game. They concede a goal and they know earlier than all the rest of the world, ‘I should have saved it’, and they have to deal with that always.

Now there’s just a few days between the City game and this game, and there was absolutely no real criticism from the players because everybody knows how good he is. He’s a very calm person, and now the next game is coming up and it’s good, so he can play his normal level again, then everything will be fine.”

On Jamie Vardy

On asked whether the new centre-back partnership could try to stop Vardy, Klopp said “Jamie is obviously a proper challenge in this league. We can only do that with the whole team, you have to avoid the passes to him. He’s a world-class player for sure, in a specific area of the pitch and with his speed that’s really tricky.”

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