Before Manchester City vs. Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp provided injury updates on Joe Gomez, Naby Keita, Thiago, Luis Diaz, and Darwin Nunez
Luis Diaz will not be available for Liverpool’s Premier League match against Manchester City, according to Jurgen Klopp.
The Colombian winger has not played since suffering a serious injury against Arsenal in October, but he has returned to training this week as part of his recovery process. Despite this, Klopp has stated that, due to Diaz’s lengthy injury layoff, he will not rush Diaz back for this weekend’s trip to the Etihad.
“We have to be patient, but it’s a huge boost in any case.” “It’s just nice to have the boy around because he’s a super energiser and has a huge positive impact just by being there,” the German said on Friday.
“So, we’ll see.” Everything appears to be fine in training, but he will not be in the squad for the weekend. Next week will be a big week for him; this week he was doing some training, but I think he’ll be able to do most of it next week. Then we’ll see what happens. Maybe [ready for] Arsenal [next weekend], but more likely Leeds [on April 17].”
In his pre-match press conference, Klopp also revealed that Joe Gomez and Darwin Nunez are available for the game against City. “Darwin couldn’t train for two or three days this week because of the cut he got against Real Madrid on his foot,” Liverpool manager Klopp explained. “However, he was back in full training yesterday, so he is definitely in contention.”
While there was good news for Gomez, Diaz, and Nunez, Klopp provided a less encouraging update on Naby Keita, who suffered a new injury during the recent international break. “Yeah, we have [other injury concerns],” Klopp admitted.
“Naby is out; he returned from the national team with a muscle injury.” We’ll see how long it takes, but the season is clearly coming to an end. There’s a chance Naby will return, but we’ll have to wait a little longer.
“Thiago is doing well but has not yet participated in team training,” the former Borussia Dortmund coach added. “I think if everything goes well, he’ll probably be part of the team training next week, parts – [that] means we’ll see when he’s back.” I believe the rest is available; everything is back. We had a few stomach bugs here and there, but they stopped two days ago, so we should be fine.”