Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will miss the visit of Sunderland to Anfield on Saturday after a bout of suspected appendicitis.
The German tactician undertook pre-match media duties on Friday but was subsequently taken ill and the club announced he would not be at Anfield to face opposite number Sam Allardyce, who last month labelled Klopp a “soft German”.
Klopp’s coaching team will take the reins against the Black Cats. Assistant coaches Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz, first-team development coach Pepijn Lijnders and goalkeeping coach John Achterberg will share the responsibilities against Sunderland.
“Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be absent from today’s Barclays Premier League fixture against Sunderland at Anfield, after suffering a suspected bout of appendicitis,” a club statement read.