Double injury boost for Liverpool ahead of Spartak tie

Date published: Tuesday 5th December 2017 3:56

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is optimistic of having Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez back to face Spartak Moscow tomorrow.

Both were ill last week with the former barely fit enough for Saturday’s 5-1 win at Brighton and Gomez not even making the squad.

“They are much better. They were in training yesterday and I expect them in training today. Ragnar and Joe are back – Joel Matip not and Adam Lallana not,” said Klopp.

Liverpool need a draw to make sure of progression to the knockout stage.

“We are only part of the Champions League because we want to go to the next round,” he said as Liverpool look to make the knockout stage for the first time since 2009.

“All good and bad things that happened in the Champions League – mostly good – has brought us to this situation and if we win we are through and that is cool.

“I know a lot of people might think we should be already through but that’s not life, it is not ‘if’ and ‘when’ it is about the moment.

“Spartak could say the same as they gave away four points against Maribor so they would be in a different situation.

“We are stronger than we were when we played them but they are stronger as well, in a good moment in the league, and they have some very important offensive players back so it will be an exciting game.

“You don’t have guarantees in life but if you don’t try all you get nothing so let’s try all and we will see where it leads us to.”

Klopp insists he will play his strongest team despite Sunday’s derby at home to an Everton side buoyed by the appointment of new permanent manager Sam Allardyce.

“I don’t have the resources to think about Sunday’s game already. We have enough time after tomorrow night to prepare for the game on Sunday.

“We want to go through and we won’t hesitate to line up our best team, which we always do even when we change a lot.

“Thankfully it has worked and we will do that again.

“Every game is important for us. At the moment, it is too early to speak about the derby.

“We will be concentrating on tomorrow night. It is one of the biggest games for us,” added Klopp.

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