Klopp talks Alisson return and coping without Van Dijk

Date published: Friday 20th September 2019 10:51

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool would be able to cope in the event of an injury to defensive talisman Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool’s title rivals Manchester City are suffering from an injury crisis at the heart of their defence, with Aymeric Laporte and John Stones both sidelined, leaving Nicolas Otamendi as their only fit senior centre-back.

Ahead of the Reds’ trip to Chelsea this weekend, Klopp was asked how Liverpool might cope should they suffer similar misfortune with Van Dijk.

“Does it keep me awake? Not yet,” he told his press conference. “It is the reason we have four centre-halves. It is not easy for the ‘in the moment’ No.4 to play.

“Of course injuries can happen but cannot think about them before they happen. We all need luck to be successful.”

“I’ve said it a lot of times, we have four world-class centre-backs. They can all play together in each partnership.”

Liverpool have already been hit with an injury to goalkeeper Alisson. But Klopp revelaed the Brazil stopper is edging closer to a return even if he cannot pinpoint a date.

“Alisson is making big progress,” he said. “A proper session yesterday with John Achterberg.

“He is not in team training yet, and we take it day by day. We will see. Too early to say.

“Naby Keita is back in training with the team. Today is first time with the team.”

However, striker Divock Origi is unlikely to feature against Chelsea on Sunday after suffering an ankle injury in last week’s win over Newcastle.

“Div, we have to see day by day, that’s how it was from the first day – how can he deal with the pain and stuff like that,” Klopp added.

“It is pretty early, so I don’t know exactly what the medical department will tell me (today) about that case.

“I think it’s unlikely but why should I rule him out? But it’s unlikely.”

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