Jurgen Klopp delivered mixed news on the injury front for Liverpool, which includes an anxious wait for Philippe Coutinho’s ankle scan.
The Brazilian was stretchered off in the 2-0 win against Sunderland and speaking ahead of the EFL Cup quarter-final clash against Leeds United, Klopp appeared to be resigned to the fact that he may be without Coutinho for quite some time.
“The best thing would be for Coutinho to not be out but it is not really likely,” said Klopp.
“We have to wait for a scan, then we will know how long he is out and we have to take it like it is.”
Coutinho’s compatriot Roberto Firmino, meanwhile, appears to be in better shape but it is incredibly unlikely he will risked on Tuesday night.
Klopp added: “I think Firmino will be okay, but not sure and that’s all. Yesterday it was painful but I think he will be okay, not sure.”
One definite absentee will be Adam Lallana, but Klopp was upbeat that the England midfielder was on the road to recovery.
“Lallana is in a very good way and close to training but is not ready for Leeds,” Klopp said.
The German boss also revealed that Daniel Sturridge is not currently fit enough to train with the first-team squad and is continuing treatment for a minor calf issue.
On the team selection against Leeds, Klopp added: “We need to have a look at the players. We need to listen and figure if the players are ready or not. We can’t take risks.
“I have no idea [if I will play the U23s]. We will see. I really have no idea what the team is. We don’t want to rest one who doesn’t need a rest.”