6 Apr 2016

Liverpool/Dortmund - Early News: £65m-duo out; Suspension nightmare; late fitness test for 'amazing' attacker

Liverpool face Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League on Thursday evening, and ahead of the game, there is plenty of pre-match teams news available already.

* Reds full-back Jon Flanagan is not in Liverpool's Europa League squad, so he will not feature in the game.

* £25m-rated Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will definitely miss the game.

* Christian Benteke^^ is out of the game with a knee ligament injury, which may keep him out for the rest of the season.

* On Wednesday, Gundogan confirmed his ongoing injury rehabilitation, and posted the following message on Instagram: "Things are getting better - I'm finally back in training and hope to help the team soon again on the pitch".

* According to the Daily Express: "Firmino^ will travel to Dortmund, and will be given a chance to prove his fitness in a training session at the Westfalenstadion on Wednesday evening".

* Last night, the Liverpool Echo claimed: "Mats Hummels, and Sokratis [both out injured at the weekend] took part in BVB’s session just over 48 hours before the [Liverpool] game at Westfalenstadion".

* Emre Can picked up a two-game suspension at the weekend, but it only applies to league games, so he is available.

* Five Liverpool players are one yellow card away from a Europa League suspension: One yello for Coutinho, Firmino, Lovren, Moreno or Clyne, and they'll miss the return leg at Anfield.

^ hailed by Coutinho as 'amazing on the field'.

^^ West Ham reportedly willing to up £40m.

Author: Jaimie K


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