Liverpool: Klopp previews Merseyside derby
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Liverpool defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have been pictured getting put through their paces at the club’s training ground. Van Dijk has not played a competitive match since injuring his anterior cruciate knee ligament in the Merseyside derby draw at Everton last October. Gomez, meanwhile, ruptured his patella tendon while on international duty the following month.
Liverpool have missed the pair massively and have seen their hopes of retaining the Premier League title go up in flames.
Jurgen Klopp has faced constant injury problems at the back this season, with Joel Matip also out for the remainder of the campaign.
However, hearts of Liverpool supporters around the world will be warmed after seeing both Van Dijk and Gomez step up their rehabilitation in pictures released by the club on Friday.
Van Dijk and Gomez are seen in the club’s gym at their new training centre in Kirkby.
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The defensive duo are pictured using a variety of apparatus, as well as getting back to using a ball again.
Fabinho was also in the gym with his team-mates as he continues to work his way back from a muscular injury.
Liverpool take on Everton at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday.
Manager Klopp confirmed Fabinho will not be available for the match.
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Naby Keita is back in full training though, having not featured for two months due to an ankle problem.
Klopp says they are being extra cautious with the midfielder due to his injury record.
“Naby could have been in the squad against Leipzig, but it didn’t make sense because he’d only trained two days with the team,” Klopp said.
“So, we said stay at home, train two days of proper training sessions, but unfortunately Naby got ill a little bit and couldn’t train these two days.
“Yesterday we reintegrated him again. I just don’t know, but we don’t hold him back or whatever.
“Of course, after the injuries he had, we don’t want to force him in or something like that, but it would be nice to have him.
“Is he able to play a few minutes on Saturday? I don’t know. If he’s not, if we speak about it and it’s better to rather not play a few minutes then it is better to stay away from the team and just train proper, proper.”
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