8 Feb 2016

He's Out: Klopp confirms 'fantastic' Liverpool midfielder will definitely miss West Ham because 'he's ill'

On Saturday, Liverpool dumped several academy players from the match-day squad, and based on Jurgen Klopp's comments today, the same thing seems set to happen for tomorrow's FA Cup replay with West Ham.

In his pre-match press conference today, Klopp confirmed one definite absence:

"Cameron Brannagan is ill, which is a shame for him because he played really well [in the first West Ham game]"

Klopp also hinted that he probably won't go with a predominantly younger line-up:

"We have 38 players in our squad. We will make a squad for the game but it won't be like Exeter because other players can now play".

With Coutinho, Origi, and Sturridge back in training, it's probable that all three will make tomorrow's match-day squad, and that means the likes of Teixeira and Ojo will probably drop out.

Even if those two don't make the starting line-up, it will be an absolute travesty if they're not on the bench.

Making way for Coutinho and Sturridge - two of Liverpool's best players - makes sense, but being dumped just to keep the likes of Lallana and Origi in the squad is (IMO) retrograde management.

As for 'fantastic' Brannagan - as Klopp notes, his absence is a shame as he's performed well this season, but I doubt he would've started tomorrow's game anyway.

As is so often the case this season, Klopp - as he did against Sunderland on Saturday) will almost certainly stick with the same underperforming players, and that means Emre Can in midfield, and Adam '3 league goals in 14 months' Lallana in an attacking position *shudder*

Author: Jaimie K


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