Liverpool injury news: Klopp gives Van Dijk update

Liverpool welcome Brentford to Anfield this weekend, and will be aiming to respond in a positive fashion, following their 3-2 loss against Toulouse last night.

Illness has plagued the Reds squad this week, but Jurgen Klopp will be hoping the worst has passed ahead of the weekend.

Liverpool injury news:

Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool captain Van Dijk was not part of the squad who travelled to France, with a suspected illness keeping the Dutchman out.

Speaking on the matter in his pre-match press conference, Klopp said: “Virgil is a little bit ill.

“It will not be a big thing but we did not want to have him on the plane, if some others have it as well.

“I have it a little bit but for me it is not a problem, that’s why we left him at home. He should be absolutely alright for the weekend.”

Ryan Gravenberch and Curtis Jones
Neither midfielder featured in the Europa League squad, but Gravenberch seems to have the lighter punishment of the two.
Updating on the Dutchman’s fitness, Klopp said: “Ryan got a little niggle of the knee. It is not major, he was running already today.
“We hope there is a chance for Brentford, and he will definitely be back after the international break.”
Whereas Curtis Jones faces a further period on the sidelines: “Curtis had a hamstring [injury] last week. Not massive. After the international break he will be back, but not before,” Klopp said.

“[It is a] low, low-grade hamstring.

“He was in good shape, [got a] red card, lack of rhythm, got the Europa League games and then in the game at Bournemouth he didn’t feel anything there when I took him off, but then I went in the dressing room and I think he felt a little bit the hamstring, so we made a scan.

“Very low grade, but it took him out.”

Thiago and Stefan Bajcetic

Both Spanish midfielders have been on the sidelines for extended periods, after re-aggravating former problems.

Klopp has cited the ‘new year’ as a return point for Thiago, whereas Bajcetic is being treated slowly in his recovery. Speaking on the 19-year-old, Klopp said: “We don’t know [when he will be back].

“The body [is] not ready yet – they are still growing these boys, and we have to put the brake on again and just wait until that’s all fine.”

Andy Robertson

The Scottish left-back underwent surgery to his shoulder a few weeks ago, and will continue his recovery with the club.

Klopp has admitted he ‘doesn’t know how long’ the injury will keep the defender out for, but Robertson’s return isn’t to be soon.

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