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Friday, 10 August 2018

Liverpool Vs West Ham: Jurgen Klopp Confirms Injury Blow (Details)

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren will be out for their Premier League opener against West Ham.

The Reds begin the new Premier League season against the hammer and Klopp faces a headache on his selection for the match.

Klavan, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have all been carrying injuries that saw Klopp start with only one fit centre-back in Virgil van Dijk in their 1-0 win over Torino earlier this week.

And while Klavan has no chance of playing at Anfield, Gomez and Matip facelate fitness tests today.

“Ragnar has no real chance. Joel did train in small parts like Joe [Gomez] did so we will see how they are today,” Klopp said.

Dejan Lovren has also been confirmed to miss the match following his World Cup holidays.

“We will see about the England boys and Dejan. They are all in different shape," he added.

“Trent has had longer, which is good. Hendo is full of power but hasn’t been back long. It’s Hendo though, you always think about him.

“Dejan is unavailable for the weekend.”

New Signing Fabinho impressed during pre-season but is yet to report back to training due to an illness.

“Fabinho is clear. He had a scan but the check was clear. Then he felt ill so we sent him home again and I haven’t seen him again. We will see."

With over £170m spent on new signings, many expect Liverpool to challenge Manchester City for the title this season.

But Klopp has insisted his team need luck if they are to challenge the Champions.

“We need more luck. Someone gave me the unluckiest team article!” Klopp admitted.

“We have to be more consistent. We know that. More clinical. More aggressive in the right moments. We need to improve everything.

“You ask me about the gap with City. We had three points from City and they had three points from us. It’s about losing them in other games.

“It’s not the other big six. You see how Fulham, Wolves and Everton act - and I’m not forgetting anybody - they are all ambitious. It’s difficult for all the teams.

“We have to be in a championship mode.We jump into the water and we dive until we don’t have oxygen anymore. That’s the plan. A lot of people think because of the transfer window we will [challenge more] - but that’s not how it is.

“City - the champions - have not lost a player and brought in [Riyad] Mahrez. They were impressive against Chelsea, both sides were. We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago.

“We need to want more and fight more. That must be our attitude.”

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