26 Jan 2016

Anfield Blow: Klopp admits 'spectacular' £18m Liverpool star may miss Stoke; confirms signing 'can't play'

One step forward, two steps back. That just about sums up Liverpool's luck with injuries this season. Every time it looks like the Reds are coming out of a crisis, another player gets injured, and ahead of LFC's League Cup semi-final against Stoke City tonight, there's good news and bad news on the injury front.

In his pre-match press conference, Klopp confirmed that Dejan Lovren 'trained yesterday' for the first time in three weeks, but added:

“[Clyne] got a knock. I think we should leave him out of training and leave him over night. We’ll have to see in the next 24 hours what’s up with Kolo and Mama [Sakho] as Caulker can't play".

It's only January, and Clyne has played over 2741 minutes for Liverpool this season, which is more than anyone else in the squad. As such, his injury comes as no surprise, and in some ways, it's probably a blessing in disguise.

Clyne arguably needs a rest, and a couple of weeks on sidelines will allow him to recharge, and come back refreshed, and ready for the rest of the season.

If Clyne sits out tonight's game, Liverpool have several options to consider:

* On Monday, Klopp admitted that Flanno is 'not ready' for a full 90 minutes, but Randall could start the game, with Flanagan coming on a second half substitute (as he did against Exeter City).

* Emre Can is also capable of deputising at right-back, but he's was shaky in that role last season, so it's not advisable.

* Kolo Toure has played on the right several times for Liverpool, and he's a preferable option to Can.

* As is, (arguably) James Milner, who played right-back for Man City on several occasions.

As for Sakho and Toure - described by Klopp as 'spectacular' and 'special
 respectively: it's surely asking for trouble to play the duo for the fourth time in 12 days? If - as Klopp seems to suggest - they're struggling for fitness now, another tough game may cause a problem.

* Sakho: Cost = £18m. Clyne: Cost = £12m. Toure: Free. Total = £30m

Author: Jaimie K


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