Klopp Keen to Push Past City Setback in Champions League Opener

Ross Houston
September 13, 2017

Speaking to the Liverpool's website, Klopp was asked about the condition of Coutinho and Roberto Firmino after their travels with Brazil and said: "It's a little bit different".

The 25-year-old was back at Melwood for the first time this season after the worldwide break, and Klopp admitted he has some work to do on the training pitch before being considered for selection.

"Yes, he went to the national team and trained normally, but now we have to prepare for a normal season so we have seven games [before the next global break] and we saw training this morning and thought "OK, maybe we should use him immediately" because he was really good, but that doesn't make sense".

Still, Klopp now has to plan for the long term and settle on a first choice on the right-hand side of his defence, with both Alexander-Arnold and Gomez arguably unlikely to continue to look so settled if required to perform at the top level for what could be 50 or more games this season.

The Brazil global, who was the subject of three failed bids from Barcelona during the recent transfer window, has missed the opening three games of the new Premier League campaign with a back injury. It was initially reported that he will be out for two months, but no return date has been set at the moment.

And that's before we even get started on the goalkeepers... Lallana confirmed that he will be present at the Etihad when his team take on Pep Guardiola's men on Saturday.

"But I'm sure Liverpool supporters around the world are ready to wait another 24 hours".

"It's great to see the lads start so well, we've been playing some brilliant football".

"Champions League nights are always special, especially at Anfield".

I'm expecting Guardiola to go with Jesus and Aguero up front, like he did against Brighton.

Klopp will surely think Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner are possible options in that area, but an away game to City might not be the right time to experiment with players in an unfamiliar role. "I'm obviously looking forward to being back", the England global added.

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