Arsenal injury news: The Gunners will face a Liverpool team that will be missing several key players
As he prepares to face Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp was candid about his recent team selections. Liverpool made six substitutions in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea.
It came just days after he chastised his squad for their poor form following the 4-1 loss to Manchester City. With Andy Robertson, Mo Salah, and Trent Alexander-Arnold all on the bench at Stamford Bridge, the Reds are expected to be a stronger outfit when Mikel Arteta’s men visit.
With a dismal recent record at Anfield, this match provides an opportunity for Arteta’s men to make their biggest statement yet in the title race. They will also have to deal with an enraged but determined Klopp.
He responded to questions about his starting lineups in recent weeks by saying, “We had a game against City, which is an influence physically and performance-wise.” It is [a response to poor form as well as fitness management].
“What do you expect?” I respond by saying, “two were because of that, and four were because of that.” That is a complete waste of time.” He went on to explain how his decisions are influenced.
“Since then, we’ve only had one proper session.” The boys do not show me that they do not want to play. We are not in this situation. Based on what I saw in training, I must make decisions about the team. This opens the door to everyone.
“I can’t keep asking for something I didn’t get.” I’m feeling very relaxed right now. I’m there, I see everything, and I base my decisions on that. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”
In terms of specific players, Virgil van Dijk is expected to return after missing the game against Chelsea due to illness. “Virgil is back in training,” Klopp said. “Luis [Diaz] and Thiago Alcantara are training normally.”
Thiago had not played in the league since February 4 due to a hip flexor injury, so he was a question mark going into the game. “The plan is for Luis to be 100 percent available for Leeds. We are unlikely to include him on Sunday. Thiago is a bit different and may be available “Klopp had finished.
Other than Salah, Diogo Jota, and Joe Gomez, there was no sign of them in training images released by the club, and Klopp had nothing to say about their availability. Naby Keita and Stefan Bajcetic are out, and Calvin Ramsay will not play for the Reds again this season.