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Klopp admits he has few ‘options’ amid defensive injury crisis

Jurgen Klopp says that he has very few options in defence due to Liverpool’s recent mini-injury crisis.

Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold have all missed recent games with Nathaniel Clyne having to step in and play the full 90 minutes against Manchester United last weekend. Clyne coped well despite having played very little first-team football in the last 18 months.

Klopp discussed a few ideas that may have to be explored while Liverpool are without their injured defenders.

“We don’t really have options,” Klopp told a press conference.

“But Fabinho can play at centre-half as well so that’s good.

“Nat Phillips is injured as well which is a real shame. We may have to think about other options like three at the back with two midfielders or stuff like that.

“If something else happens we would have to do something like that. When I saw the Southampton v Arsenal line-ups I saw Arsenal are already in a situation where they have to make these changes.

“It’s just the situation and the job to do. If we can keep them fit it’s very important but who knows?”

Liverpool travel to play Wolves on Friday night in the Premier League and it will be interesting to see if Clyne starts again at right-back. James Milner could step in to replace him if Clyne is not considered to be match fit.

Dejan Lovren will most likely start in the centre, beside Virgil van Dijk.

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