Injury concerns ahead of Man City clash
Divock Origi has handed Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp a fresh injury worry ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester City. The Belgian striker has joined Roberto Firmino as a doubt for the Reds crucial match against City, with Klopp revealing that Origi could miss out on the crunch top four clash with illness.
Quoted by the Liverpool Echo, he said: “We missed a few people in training this week. The icing on the cake is Divock Origi, who was off yesterday because he felt a little bit ill, it’s not serious but in our situation we have to be really sensitive. We will see if he can be involved today or tomorrow. He’s not 100%. There are a few open questions.”
Firmino missed last Sunday’s home win against Burnley through injury and has yet to rejoin first team training, with Klopp revealing: “Roberto Firmino hasn’t trained with the team so far, but should probably be involved today or tomorrow so could be an option.”
On top of the Brazilian and Origi, Daniel Sturridge will definitely miss out, leaving Klopp with a potential selection nightmare up front. Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson will miss the City game as well, however is on course to be fit for the Merseyside derby on April 1.
Croatian defender Dejan Lovren is available, after recovering from an injury that kept him out of the first team since January. Lovren played for 75 minutes for the Under-23 side on Monday evening.
Klopp has dismissed speculation that the current spate of injuries at Anfield are because of fatigue: “It’s an intense season, but the injuries we’ve had until now have been different. Lovren had issues for four weeks. It was nothing to do with fatigue. The body is a complex thing. It took us a little time to find it (Lovren’s knee injury) and a lot of specialists were looking for it.”
“Then he was fit again and then he got a knee in his back when training set-pieces that was very painful. These things happen. There are different reasons for it. It’s a long season especially for players who play for their national team. No breaks, it’s always go, go, go. It makes it more likely you will pick up injuries.”