Liverpool boss Klopp makes Williams big for the quintet for fitness...

Liverpool boss Klopp makes Williams big for the quintet for fitness...
Liverpool boss Klopp makes Williams big for the quintet for fitness...
Jurgen Klopp briefed on a number of injury concerns in Liverpool ahead of West Ham’s visit on Saturday.

Vergil van Dijks possibly injury at the end of the season in the Merseyside derby followed Fabinho, who hobbled in hers Champions League clash.

The situation leaves Klopp with a defensive headache. Rhys Williams, who came off the bench on Tuesday to replace Fabinho, is set to make his first Premier League start this weekend.

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And Klopp said Williams’ progress has been “exceptional”, praising the work of Liverpool’s elite development coach Vitor Matos for the work he has done with him and with Billy Koumetio and Nat Phillips, two other young center-backs.

Klopp said: “I can say a lot about his progress over the past few weeks, quite extraordinary. One of the advantages of Vitor Matos with us. We have Billy the Boy and so does Nat Phillips. These are our boys. All training. We have to make a decision. ”

Klopp then gave an update on Van Dijk and Fabinho’s injuries before insisting that Jordan Henderson – who could also take on the defense – has no fitness issue.

Klopp added: “It is clear that he is saying it [Van Dijk] is a faster healer. He can handle it, it’s clear. All of these things will help. “Enjoy [this period]? Not the right word, but it’s a challenge. When you overcome the first incident, it comes down to solutions. Problems exist to find solutions.

„[Virgil] is a friend, he’s our boy, but we’re used to injuries. It was just how it was unnecessary. The more you like someone, the more you suffer with them. 3 weeks ago nothing we talk about now. Asked, but we don’t think about it.

“Injuries are the worst part of a professional’s life. Part of the game. Unfortunately we are used to it. 2 things, we care and will take care of Virg but our focus is on available players. We do that.

“Fabinho is not there at the weekend, a small injury and a little longer, but everyone else is controversial.

“Henderson has no fitness problem. Responsible is the best word for it. I can count the games he’s played and we have to try to make it through time. October was like December, that is, it’s intense and hectic. We have to make these decisions. ”

Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita will also miss out on West Ham’s visit on Saturday but Klopp says their recovery is going smoothly.

He said, “Both are fine with rehab. You saw the incident in Thiago and need time to calm down. Not entirely sure as nothing is broken. Desperate to take the next steps. Same goes for Naby, just a different injury.

“When the boys train, an ideal world, they get enough to prepare for 10 or 20 games. So when someone is in training, that doesn’t mean they can be used right away. I’m in no rush with the guys, the medical department tells me, and that’s the information I’m working with. We do the best. ”

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