Jurgen Klopp doesn’t think his Liverpool squad have to prove anything despite their injury troubles ahead of their clash against Leicester City.
Mo Salah’s absence due to two positive coronavirus tests adds to the growing list of players currently unavailable to Klopp.
The latest additions are Joe Gomez (knee) and Jordan Henderson (thigh) who were both injured on England duty, the former seemingly out for the season after surgery on a ruptured knee tendon.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (calf) will not face Leicester while Klopp is waiting to see whether Fabinho is fit enough having rejoined training this week after missing three matches with a hamstring problem.
He also has doubts over fellow defenders Rhys Williams and Neco Williams, while midfielder Thiago Alcantara has still not recovered from a knee injury sustained over a month ago.
It takes the number of Liverpool players potentially unavailable to 10 but Klopp insists there is little point in complaining.
“You take it game by game. I’ve not had exactly the same injury situation but similar,” he added.
“There is no season when you have no problems with injuries, in our situation it is slightly different as we have a lot of players in the same position seriously injured and that makes it more concentrated but no one feels self-pity, we don’t feel sorry for ourselves.
“In the moment you get information that is the moment when it hits you but a minute later you are already in the solution.
“We will fight with all we have and that means if the problem becomes bigger you get closer to each other.
“If someone thinks we will give up before the game because some of our best and very important players are unavailable for a long time then I cannot help him.
“We have to accept the situation and use the situation.”
Klopp: I don’t think my players have to prove anything. But yes – we will fight with all we have. That means when the problems get bigger, you get closer together. If you think we give up because some of our best players aren’t available, I cannot help you. We will not do that.
— Ian Doyle (@IanDoyleSport) November 20, 2020
Klopp added: “I don’t think my players have to prove anything. But yes – we will fight with all we have. That means when the problems get bigger, you get closer together.
“If you think we give up because some of our best players aren’t available, I cannot help you. We will not do that.”