Klopp confirms midfield absentees

24 September 2021 14:25:04 CET
Naby Keita is still struggling with injury

Ahead of Saturday evening's trip to Brentford, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp lamented the absence of both Naby Keita and Thiago Alcantara from his travelling squad.

The Reds, 4/11 to take all three points at the Brentford Community Stadium and 1/1 to keep a clean sheet, are set to be without midfielder Thiago for at least three games.

Thiago remains sidelined

Spain international Thiago was forced off in the win over Crystal Palace last weekend, before sitting out Tuesday's League Cup victory over Norwich City, with his German coach unsure as to the exact length of his lay-off.

Klopp told his club's official website: "It's not 100 per cent clear. It's a muscle in the calf, it's an issue, obviously. After the international break probably, I don't think it would be anything earlier."

The Italy-born midfielder is set to be sidelined for the Champions League appointment at FC Porto, as well as Liverpool's home league clash with Manchester City.

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However, there was more positive news regarding fellow midfielder Keita, while Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino are expected to be in contention to face the Bees.

Keita blow less serious

The injury that prompted the Guinean's removal during the interval against the Canaries is thought to be less problematic than initially feared, though he too will miss the encounter with the Bees.

Klopp added: "Nothing serious, but it keeps him out of Brentford, for sure. A little longer maybe, we will see. It's painful and we have to see how he deals with it."

Liverpool sit second in the Premier League standings, trailing Chelsea by a mere away head-to-head goal, while their weekend opponents Brentford are ninth, with eight points from five games.

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