Liverpool injury news: Jurgen Klopp offers triple update ahead of Midtjylland clash

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Thiago Alcantara, Joel Matip and Naby Keita are set to miss their upcoming Champions League game against Danish side FC Midtjylland. The trio were all absent when Liverpool beat Sheffield United 2-1 in their most recent Premier League match and Klopp has admitted it is unlikely that they will be fit in time for the Midtjylland clash.

Blockbuster summer signing Thiago has not played for the Reds after he was on the receiving end of a challenge from Richarlison in the Merseyside derby, which injured his knee.

Matip also picked up a knock against Everton and, although the injury is not thought to be serious, the Midtjylland game will be the third game in a row that he has missed because of it.

As a result, defensive midfielder Fabinho is expected to continue alongside Joe Gomez at centre back.

Keita has not featured since Liverpool’s shock 7-2 loss to Aston Villa and, despite making a return to training before the Ajax fixture, he is also set to miss their next game.

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When asked if the trip could feature at Anfield on Tuesday, Klopp replied: “I don’t think so. It’s still what I said last week, we look day by day.

“It looks like we will need a few more days. For tomorrow night, they probably will not be ready.”

He added: “Last week was not the best of ours lives. Some things we don’t like, which doesn’t help. We can influence the response though and I liked it.

“The boys were ready to work and showed resilience. Fought for results and dug in. All important. I expect that.

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“But my boys did exactly what I thought they would do so that is what I liked the most.

“We play Midtjylland now and I am not sure what it says about Danish football but it says a lot about football that if you think quicker you can make big jumps.

“They have all my respect. We don’t think [we’re bigger]. We respect them because we understand football.

“How will we approach it? Sorry, that’s private. You know what Midtjylland are doing, they are experienced, good footballing midfielders, physical up front, so we have to see. A clear plan, but us too which is adaptable.

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“You know what Midtjylland are doing, they are experienced, good footballing midfielders, physical up front, so we have to see.

“A clear plan, but us too which is adaptable. They are a bit more direct in their build up, really experienced defenders, speed on the wings, physicality up front.

“They have a clear plan. We need to show that we are ready for a proper fight.

“There are no small teams in the Champions League. How small or big you are is shown on the pitch, not in any press conferences before.”

Kostas Tsimikas and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will also miss the game.

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