Jurgen Klopp reveals crisis in Liverpool's defence with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez the only senior centre backs fit and available

Jurgen Klopp has voiced his concerns over Liverpool's defensive situation Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are the only senior centre backs available Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan missed the 5-0 pre-season thrashing of Napoli Croatia's Dejan Lovren returns to the squad but is a doubt for the next two games They face Torino on Tuesday before West Ham in their Premier League opener

06 August 2018 - 14:12

Jurgen Klopp has admitted concerns over his defensive options, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez the only senior centre backs currently fit and available.

The Champions League finalists are due to play Torino in their final pre-season friendly on Tuesday before facing West Ham at home in their Premier League on Sunday.

Joel Matip (hip) and Ragnar Klavan (hamstring) missed Saturday's 5-0 thrashing of Italian side Napoli due to injuries and are doubtful for the Torino game at Anfield.


'Joel, we'll have to see. Klavan, shouldn't be too serious, but if Tuesday is too early I don't know yet,' Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.

'Maybe we will do some magic things with the formation on Tuesday. I don't know how we will do it.'

Croatia international Dejan Lovren will rejoin the squad on Monday after an extended break following the World Cup but is a doubt for the next two games.


Dutch international Virgil van Dijk is one of only two senior centre backs available for Klopp
Joe Gomez, who racked up over 31 appearances last season, is the only other available

Virgil van Dijk (top) and Joe Gomez (bottem) are the only senior centre backs fit and available


Joel Matip picked up a hip injury against Bayern Munich and is a doubt for the match against Torino

Ragnar Klavan could also miss the last pre-season match against Torino after issues with a hamstring injury

Joel Matip (top) and Ragnar Klavan (bottem) are both doubts for Tuesday's clash with Torino


Crotian star Dejan Lovren returns to the squad but is a doubt for the next two games

Crotian star Dejan Lovren returns to the squad but is a doubt for the next two games

'Dejan didn't train so far. He probably won't play Tuesday and Sunday will be very difficult as well,' Klopp added.

'The first two league games at least are in the 'pre-season' (for the World Cup players).'

Liverpool finished fourth last season but enjoyed a fabulous run in the Champions League, making it to the final where they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid and in the process smashed the goal-scoring record of European football's elite competition.


Liverpool will face Italian side Torino in their final pre-season clash at Anfield on Tuesday

Liverpool will face Italian side Torino in their final pre-season clash at Anfield on Tuesday


Klopp's men begin the new Premier League season at home on Sunday against West Ham 

Klopp's men begin the new Premier League season at home on Sunday against West Ham

'The league will be difficult,' Klopp continued. 'It is not about judging our situation and thinking 'wow, really good'.

'We need to be ready each week, not only for a few games. That is our challenge.'  

The transfer window has been kind to Klopp as the new season approaches, with the arrival of midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho, while playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri has arrived from Stoke and goalkeeper Alisson signed from Roma in a world-record deal.


Source: daily mail
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