Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp dealt new injury blow as Leicester team confirmed | Football | Sport


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be without Fabinho when his side take to the field at Leicester this afternoon and the Reds now have more injury problems to contend with. The Premier League champions were on the end of a heavy defeat last time out against Manchester City, as Pep Guardiola’s men won 4-1 at Anfield.

New signing Ozan Kabak makes his debut at centre-back alongside captain Jordan Henderson.

According to Opta data, he is the 60th different player to make his competitive debut for Liverpool since Klopp was appointed in October 2015.

Having the chance to select a fit centre-back is a refreshing luxury for the German, who has battled a host of injury problems this season.

Now Divock Origi is the latest star to fall foul to a fitness problem and he misses out at the King Power Stadium.

The Belgian has picked up a hamstring injury, meaning he was not fit enough for the bench.

Liverpool are severely lacking depth in attack, with Diogo Jota still absent.

While Origi may only be a fringe player, he is regularly summoned from the bench for the past 20 minutes of a match.

There is now extra reliance on Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, who himself, has had a muscle injury in recent weeks.

Klopp has made the bold decision to drop Thiago Alcantara to the bench for this one.

James Milner comes into midfield alongside Gini Wijnaldum and Curtis Jones, who keeps his place from last week’s defeat to City.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be hoping for some more minutes as he looks to get his Liverpool career back on track.

On the plus side, Naby Keita is also closing in on a return to action.

The midfielder has been putting in the work at Kirkby with the fitness coaches in a bid to maintain fitness.

“It was a hamstring, a slightly bigger one,” Klopp said on Keita in midweek. “He is back on the pitch but not with the team yet.

“He is in individual training sessions – hard training sessions. It is the final stages of his rehab, but [he is] still not there.”

Before adding on Jota: “Diogo is close, but not as close as Naby, for example.

“He is on the pitch as well, individual sessions, not the same intensity as you can imagine after a longer time. In rehab, you have to train really intensely before you can go back to team training.

“Diogo [will be] two or three weeks, maybe. Probably the medical department hits me now, but I think that’s kind of possible, back in full training and then we will see how long it takes.”

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