Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has suggested he could make changes for the club’s UEFA Super Cup clash against Chelsea on Wednesday.
Goalkeeper Alisson will definitely miss the clash having been substituted during Friday’s win over Norwich with a calf injury, meaning the Brazilian is facing several weeks out and set to be replaced by new signing Adrian.
Sadio Mane could return after his cameo against Norwich, though Dejan Lovren has not travelled amid speculation the Croatian defender is set for a move to Italy.
Asked if he has any fresh fitness worries for Wednesday, Klopp denied any new problems, but hinted he may make changes with one eye on Saturday’s trip to Southampton.
“Not really. No ‘injuries’ maybe, but little things after a game, which was an intense one. We have to see, we have time to sort that all,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
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“Wednesday is the game – it was Friday to Wednesday so that should be OK. But after that we need to think about the Southampton game, we come back on Thursday and two days later we play Southampton, so we cannot ignore that game as well.
“So we will see, but real injuries, no, little knocks, yes,” he added.
“It’s difficult to say now about the Southampton game, it’s not too cool to think about the next game really before you play the first one, but you can’t ignore it. We have to see but it’s more about that we are early in the season, a lot of players made a good impression in pre-season [and some] came back late, so that’s all good.
“We have opportunities and I think we will use a few of them just to bring fresh legs, to show immediately that we can play good football in different line-ups and stuff like this. So yes, there will be a few changes I think.”
The Reds squad travelling to Istanbul is as follows: Fabinho, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Gomez, Adrian, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Lonergan, Shaqiri, Brewster, Robertson, Origi, Matip, Hoever, Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Elliott.
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