Liverpool team news before of the Brentford match
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Roberto Firmino and James Milner could be included in Liverpool’s squad for today’s trip to Brentford (17.30 GMT).
Firmino has missed all three of Liverpool’s games since the season resumed following the World Cup. During practice, the striker injured his calf.
Meanwhile, Milner left Manchester City’s Carabao Cup defeat with a hamstring injury.
Klopp conducted his pre-Brentford press duties after Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat of Leicester City on Friday evening. While he couldn’t give specifics at the time, he did say Firmino and Milner could potentially return.
Meanwhile, Curtis Jones is back in training and may also be in the match-day squad against Brentford, having scored in last season’s 3-3 draw. And Klopp revealed there’s a ‘good chance’ Ibrahima Konate might feature. The defender was back on the bench against Leicester after been given time off after France reached the World Cup final.
“Bobby and Millie, we’ll see tomorrow,” Klopp stated (Saturday). There is a possibility. Good luck, Ibou. Other players are unavailable but not far away. Curtis is currently in full training and could make the team. We’ll have to wait and see.
“Thankfully, I do this news conference tonight but this information I don’t have yet. If we held the press conference tomorrow, I would know a little bit more, but not much. Let’s wait and see.”
Before the January transfer market opened yesterday, Liverpool announced the signing of Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven.
The Reds are waiting for paperwork to be confirmed before the forward, who cost an initial sum of £37 million, can officially join the club. Gakpo is unlikely to be eligible to play today because the Premier League offices may be closed due to the Bank Holiday. And, until that happens, Klopp believes Gakpo will not be able to train with Liverpool.
“He’s not permitted to train with the club until the documents are signed, I believe,” the Reds manager continued. He is still technically a player for Eindhoven. I’m not sure, but he’s not permitted. There’s a chance, but I’m not sure. It’s truly them.”
Andy Robertson and Harvey Elliott both left the game against Leicester. “Funnily enough, Harvey, before the game, wounded Robbo a little bit,” Klopp said of the pair after the game. He smacked him with a knee at the hip during our warm-up game, resulting in a dead leg.
“He could play but then at one point the muscle closed and he couldn’t play on. Harvey took a knock, which was extremely difficult, but when you see the scenario, it’s evident that’s painful, but I think that’s it.”