Liverpool assistant Krawietz unsure of Klopp, squad availability

Dan Butterfield
Liverpool assistant Peter Krawietz

Liverpool assistant coach Peter Krawietz has admitted he is unsure how many players will be available for their FA Cup clash with Shrewsbury on Sunday.

He also revealed he didn’t know if manager Jurgen Klopp would be able to take charge of his side after testing positive for Covid last week.

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The Reds suffered a Covid outbreak earlier this week which led the the closure of the club’s training ground and the postponement of the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Arsenal.

Liverpool will return to action against Shrewsbury but Krawietz admitted he is unsure how many players will be fit and available for the clash.

Taking charge of pre-match media duties in the absence of Klopp and fellow assistant Pep Ljinders, Krawietz said: “I can’t tell you exact numbers. We have a squad and a team, we will try to win the game.

“We hope [Jurgen] will be involved. He is fine. He has to do tests as well, we hope.

“Joel Matip joined training yesterday again but we have to see whether he is available or not

“We had a few Covid cases with U23s, some are back now and we can choose a team that is able to follow our football way. We want to play a proper game tomorrow, compact, aggressive, attacking, playing good football.”

On the difficulties caused by the training complex closure, the German admitted the situation has been difficult, but they’ve done their best to keep players fitness levels up.

“We came into a situation which was too difficult for all of us – we had to shut the training ground down. We always try to play and win our games, but this situation become too difficult to deal with.

“The training ground being shut means no one could come here. We tried to stay in contact with our players during this period – just like we did in lockdown. Everyone is on their own and thanks to our great working department, we were able to find solutions for the players.

“Some could go for a run outside. For those who couldn’t go outside, we tried to give them a programme.”