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Klopp ‘over the moon’ about Liverpool injury news as ‘outstanding’, rarely-seen talent nears comeback

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp says that he feels excited to finally get a proper look at Liverpool summer signing Calvin Ramsay after his injury troubles.

The Reds brought the right-back in from Aberdeen with a view to challenging Trent Alexander-Arnold. Ramsay made a brilliant impression in Scotland, with Liverpool adding him alongside midfielder Fabio Carvalho in an exciting look to the future.

But, a back problem has kept him out for a while.

Indeed, the 19-year-old has yet to make his Liverpool debut and has only recently returned to training.

Klopp subsequently expressed great excitement at having Ramsay available soon to see what he has to offer Liverpool.

“He’s an outstanding talent,” the manager told a press conference. “I saw a lot of games with Calvin and he did exceptionally well, for a young age. The way he plays, he’s a real player.

“He’s really involved in everything, a real talent. I am excited about him. When he arrived here, he had this issue with the back and since then he was out.

“Now I saw him two or three times training, we know much more about him as a boy. Outstanding, well-educated, friendly, a real confident boy.

“How it is for all of them in that age group, the sky is the limit, I have no idea where he could go. We have to make sure that we can work as much with him to give him a chance to have the best possible career.”

Klopp added that he feels “over the moon” that Ramsay will soon be in contention.

Klopp gives Liverpool injury update

As for the rest of his squad, Klopp confirmed that Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita are all still out injured.

Left-back Robertson is “doing really well” and is “out on the pitch running”, which Klopp hailed as a “good sign”.

Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez missed training, but the German insisted their absences were precautionary because of the international break.

Deputy goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher will play this weekend for the Under-21s, while centre-back Ibrahima Konate has resumed full training and will likely be in the squad to face Brighton at Anfield on Saturday.

The Seagulls make the long trip north led by their new coach Roberto De Zerbi, who replaced Chelsea-bound Graham Potter.

Klopp said of De Zerbi: “He is a brave coach, he’s very influential. I don’t know how good his English is at the moment and that could be a bit of an issue.

“But, apart from that, his football idea suits Brighton. It’s a football-playing team.

“But we don’t know what we expect, obviously. How much is old Brighton and how much is new Brighton?

“The only thing we know is it’s a really good team and they were in a good moment before they couldn’t play anymore.”

Reds looking in good shape again

Klopp has insisted that he never uses injuries as an excuse, but they have affected Liverpool’s performances this season.

That much is clear just by looking at Thiago Alcantara’s impact since he came back into the midfield.

And while Jota only made his comeback in Liverpool’s most recent 2-1 Champions League win over Ajax, another option up top is a big boost for Klopp.

In defence, Joel Matip scored the winner against Ajax and he helped bring some of the intensity back into Liverpool’s performance.

The addition of Konate on top of that will also no doubt help the Reds as they embark on a busy part of the campaign.

Liverpool play 13 games in six weeks ahead of the World Cup and a subsequent mid-season break.