Liverpool have been dealt a double blow ahead of their trip to Tottenham, with midfielders James Milner and Naby Keita both ruled out through injury.
The runaway Premier League leaders travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday – live on talkSPORT – and they will be without several key players.
However, Jurgen Klopp did offer some positive news on Friday, revealing that injured duo Dejan Lovren and Fabinho will return to full training next week.
The Reds should also be boosted by the return of Joel Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri, who both trained this week.
Here’s everything Klopp had to say about that and more ahead of the heavyweight clash on Saturday.
Klopp’s big injury update
“James [Milner] and Naby [Keita] are not available. Both are muscle injuries, different, and they are different people.
“We will see how quick it will be. We don’t have to put a time frame on it.
“Joel [Matip] was not part of all training but was outside on the pitch, which looked really good, and yesterday he was part of the first part of training. Shaqiri trained completely normal.
“Dejan [Lovren] and Fabinho worked really hard lately, we will see for Man United game. [Nathaniel] Clyne is on a good way but not ready.”
Klopp on what he expects from Mourinho’s Tottenham
“Expecting an organised Spurs side putting some emphasis on defending for sure, counter-attack.
“But their team is too good technically to do just that.
“Eriksen, Alli, Lo Celso, lots of midfielders who can create with speed. Moura and Son, too. Aurier and Sessegnon have speed.
“We cannot be 100% sure what they will do but we have signs from what Mourinho did at Man United against us.
“Different teams and players though. That is normal.
“Our analysis always ends quite a way from the truth. It is the same for us, we want to be unpredictable.”
Klopp on Mourinho the manager
“A world-class manager with a specific mind-set. He wants to win. I respect that a lot.
“Each situation his team is in he tries to use. That is how managers work.”
Klopp on potentially becoming the new ‘Invincibles’
“Oh my God, who sends you out asking these questions?
“I didn’t think a second about it and will not start thinking now about it.
“If we thought about any kind of record, we wouldn’t have won the number of games we have so far. That’s it.”
Klopp on Liverpool’s young talent
“We didn’t need [the derby] as proof for our youngsters. Vitor Matos is the boss of these boys, smart decision to bring him in.
“These boys have to develop and we have to think how they can do it the best way. They are important to this squad. They are really pushing.”
Klopp on Brewster’s loan move to Swansea
“They are kids but they don’t behave like kids on the pitch. They are humble enough to learn from world-class players.
“So we send some to learn from other clubs. Outstanding training sessions here so we make the decisions person by person. For Rhian, it’s right.
“Swansea asked in the summer but it was not the right moment. He was fresh from a long-term injury, but now it is a good move for Rhian.”
Klopp on Mane winning African Player of the Year
“Last few years we’ve had the African Player of Year. Always well deserved. Really nice.
“We know how the world works and it gives the club a boost in that part of the world, I love that!”
Klopp on Takumi Minamino’s debut performance against Everton
“He played central [vs Everton] because we thought it is most natural to him.
“He played that last year at Salzburg. He can play as 10 or on the wing, for Japan he’s the 9.
“He can play in 4-4-2 or second striker. He has a lot to offer in a new team. Exceptional.”
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