Klopp hints at Covid issues ahead of ‘incredibly good’ Brighton clash

Dan Butterfield
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hinted that they may have some Covid issues ahead of their trip to Brighton on Saturday lunchtime.

Covid cases in the Premier league have decreased in recent weeks after the busy festive period saw a number of games called off and whilst Klopp is not suggesting the game be postponed, he had hinted his side may have some issues.

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He did confirm that Roberto Firmino would be back available for the trip to the south-coast but admitted some players could be unavailable.

“We had a few little things but nobody is out of training. On top of that, Covid is not over, so these things, we’ve had. We try everything to avoid but it’s not always possible. Players and staff have no symptoms but cannot be involved.”

Brighton are one of just a few clubs to have taken points off Klopp’s side this season, and the German has praised his upcoming opponents, particularly their manager Graham Potter.

“Brighton are not the best in the world but they are incredibly good. We’re not the best in the world but nice words (from Potter). He knows his football and knows he has a big chance to make us struggle.

“They are a really good football team. Graham Potter is an outstanding coach, I really like what he is doing. If you have a look at the players they bring in and how they play, it’s really exciting to watch.”

Liverpool could cut Manchester City’s lead at the top of the Premier League to just three points with a win at the AMEX Stadium but Klopp is keen to focus on just winning football matches.

“So far the boys did incredibly well and why shouldn’t I think we can’t go on? It’s hard work but the boys are ready. We will try everything, but we cannot call it a title race because we are still behind. We try to win football games, but let’s see.

“I believe in humans and the fact that everyone has a specific amount of self-motivation. If you see other guys around you, who have something similar, you realise there is still space for improvement.

“We were lucky in some moments and smart in moments in bringing these boys together and it’s now about role models in the team and who sets the standards.”