Jurgen Klopp gives injury update on four Liverpool stars as he bemoans international break

Mikel Arteta previews Arsenal's game at Liverpool

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has blamed the international break for exacerbating the injury problems in his squad ahead of Saturday’s match against Arsenal. The Reds will try to pick themselves up following their first Premier League defeat by West Ham in the 5.30pm kick-off against the Gunners at Anfield, but Klopp has been left frustrated by the mounting injuries in his squad.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson picked up an injury while away on England duty for the matches against Albania and San Marino.

Henderson scored against Albania at Wembley on Friday but was then withdrawn from the San Marino game with a knock which Gareth Southgate described as “small problem”.

Left-back Robertson was then forced off in Scotland’s win over Denmark on Monday with delayed onset muscle soreness.

Klopp said earlier this week that the duo had “a chance for the weekend” and he expanded on that prognosis in his pre-match press conference on Friday.

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“So, Hendo and Robbo didn’t train with the team yet,” he said.

“They did their recovery stuff, rehab stuff and didn’t train with the team yet. It’s pretty close, [but] it will be a late, late, late, late decision about that.

“Sadio [Mane] is good and Fab[inho] only came back late and he did recovery and so I hope he can train today. That’s the plan.

“I didn’t hear anything different yet, but in the end we all have to wait until tomorrow.”

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Klopp has previously bemoaned the impact that international breaks have on his squad – and the most recent one has annoyed him more than most.

“I hate international breaks and it didn’t help with the injuries. The break was not helpful, I would have loved to have played the week after [West Ham],” he said.

“Coaches have their own targets and very often think they have to do physical work with the players. The break was not helpful.”

Klopp also revealed that Liverpool remain without injured midfield duo James Milner and Naby Keita, as well as Harvey Elliott, Joe Gomez and Roberto Firmino.

“For the weekend, no,” he replied when asked if anyone was ready to return against Arsenal.

“The closest are probably Millie and Naby. I think we explained already but with Curtis we have to [take it], I would not say day by day but probably week by week until anybody gives us the green light – or him the green light.

“Harvey is doing really well but there is still some time in between now and the moment when he can start again for us. Joe, doing well but needs time and Bobby, doing well but needs time.

“I hope I didn’t forget anybody, but that’s it.”

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