Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Liverpool will be without Lucas for up to six weeks – and admits the way he sustained his injury is one of the strangest he’s ever heard.
Klopp, speaking to the media ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash at Crystal Palace, has revealed the Brazilian’s thigh injury is worse than first feared after he sustained the problem taking his penalty in the Capital One Cup final.
“I’ve never heard of an injury like this, after taking a penalty. It’s a quad injury. Five or six weeks, we expect.”
Klopp confirmed Mamadou Sakho was back in training on Friday after sustaining possible concussion at Wembley, while Daniel Sturridge also took part at Melwood. The duo will both be in contention to start at Selhurst Park.
Klopp on Jon Flanagan tackle
Klopp was then asked about Jon Flanagan’s tackle on former Reds favourite Raheem Sterling on Wednesday night – with the full-back admitting he deliberately targeted the Manchester City winger to pep up the Anfield crowd.
“It’s a man’s sport so I have no problem with that,” he said. ” It was hard, but fair – that’s cool. I love this.”
Reports this week suggested Liverpool were among a number of high-profile Premier League clubs to have opened discussions about a new European Super League, but he was more than a little reserved when questioned about the subject.
“I don’t know much about the discussion – but Matt (Liverpool press officer) told me what I should say! But I don’t listen when he’s talking,” Klopp joked.
“Nobody talked about the thing you’re writing about. We can wait to see if they talk about it. Thank you!”