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Klopp rules one in, one out for Brighton clash; reveals Liverpool problem

Jordan Henderson celebrates with Andy Robertson Joe Gomez and Fabinho

Jurgen Klopp has ruled one midfielder out of Saturday’s clash against Brighton, although another is poised for a return to the Liverpool squad.

Fabinho suffered a knee injury in the Champions League win at Atletico Madrid and was absent for the trashing of Manchester United. Nabi Keita, meanwhile, was on the end of a shocking challenge from Paul Pogba in that game, but there is better news on him.

Speaking ahead of the Seagulls clash, Klopp said: “Naby Keita looks good, he was lucky. I think he’s ready. Fabinho doesn’t look that good, not too complicated but likely to keep him out again. Not in team training yet.”

The Reds boss also admits that having selection issues is always healthy, especially when he has so many top players to choose from.

He added: “I have to make a few decisions – thank God! It means we have options. Bad times is when you don’t have them.

“There are some to make, it’s about who looks the most likely to help us to win the game. Hopefully it is the right decision.

“I don’t think it’s possible [to keep everyone happy]. The thing we have to do is win games at LFC. You have to accept the decisions the manager makes.

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“The players are doing that but they aren’t always happy. The are showing in training they can be influential.

“I want to keep them happy but I want to keep them angry too when we play teams who want the points, we seem them as ‘our points’ if you like. 28 games to come, an OK start so far.

“We’ve had some down moments and we constantly have things to improve.”

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Klopp jokes about Liverpool legend

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has joked that Andy Lonergan ‘used to be a legend’ after his former keeper joined rivals Everton.

The 38-year-old veteran stopper was with the Reds during the 2019/20 Premier League-winning season and picked up UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup medals, despite never appearing in a game for the Merseysiders.

Caoimhin Kelleher and Andy Lonergan Liverpool 2019

After short spells with Stoke and West Brom last season, Toffees boss Rafa Benitez picked up Lonergan to act as third choice behind Jordan Pickford and Asmir Begovic at Goodison Park.

Lonergan spent 11 years at Preston, where Liverpool won in the Carabao Cup in midweek. And speaking to north west reporter Simon Crabtree. Klopp name-checked the stopper: “We had, from my point of view, a 100% Preston North End legend here with Andy Lonergan.

“He won with us pretty much everything, we loved him!

“But now I think he is at Everton … so he was a legend, he used to be a legend.”

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