Merseyside Derby – early Liverpool team news

Merseyside Derby - early Liverpool team news

Liverpool take on Everton in the 243rd Merseyside Derby tomorrow lunchtime.  Get all the early team news from Jurgen Klopp's pre-match conference.

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Jurgen Klopp has provided some early team news ahead of this weekends derby, with several key players injured and others serving suspensions.

During today's pre-match press conference, Liverpool Manager - Jurgen Klopp, provided updates on numerous Liverpool players, and their availability for this weekend's game.

The key points from his interview are below :

Andy Robertson - Nearly a week after dislocating his shoulder whilst on International duty, Klopp has confirmed that Robertson will need to undergo shoulder surgery.  This is a real blow for both the player and LFC, as Robertson is the automatic first choice left back.  Whilst no timeline has been placed on Robertson's return, nor has a date been set for the surgery, it is likely to take between 3 and 6 months for the shoulder to heal property.

Klopp's comments : "I think the decision we go towards [is] surgery.  There was a little chance that he could try without. But after talking to pretty much all experts, it looks like surgery will be the best thing, especially in the long term, definitely. And that means he is out for a while.  Don't know exactly how long but shoulder surgery is not an easy one."

Cody Gakpo - There is better news on Cody Gakpo, with the striker returning to training quicker than expected, after injuring his hamstring in the defeat to Tottenham.  It is not yet known if Gakpo will make the squad for tomorrow's game, but with Diaz, Nunez and Salah all racking up thousands of miles of travelling on International Duty, Gakpo may be needed at some point.

Klopp's comments : "Cody trained once with the team, so we have to see how that goes for tomorrow."

Ben Doak - Scottish wonderkid Doak is another player to pick up an injury whilst on International duty, suffering an unspecified muscle problem.  Whilst the injury is not serious, it will keep Doak out of the derby, and possibly the Europa League game against Toulouse next week.

Thiago Alcantara - Vereran midfielder Thiago faces further time on the sidelines, with no return date set.

Stefan Bajcetic - Young Spanish midfielder Bajcetic is nearing a return to full training, but after months out, small niggles and setbacks are to be expected.

Conor Bradley - The young defender remains sidelined with no timescale given for his return.

Luke Chambers - The young full back is back in training after a ligament issue, but is unlikely to be risked tomorrow.

Curtis Jones - Midfielder Jones will serve the second of a three game ban for his red card against Tottenham.

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Peter Farrell

Lifelong fan with a passion for all things Liverpool. First memory of football is watching John Barnes score a dramatic last minute equaliser in the FA Cup when he was 4. Feels lucky to be a part of the 'Klopp' era.

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