Crazy Ball – Liverpool have returned to their three players who were originally injured and have now participated in full training ahead of the friendly match and the Premier League opener.
The three players are Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip and Divock Origi, who have all returned to full training ahead of the friendly match against Blackpool which will be held at Anfield on Saturday (5/9) this weekend, or one week before Leeds United travel to Merseyside. for the first match of the 2020/21 season.
As Premier League champions, the Reds certainly want a strong start to the season. But currently coach Jurgen Klopp is missing up to 11 players, who must carry out duties in their respective national teams.
However, Klopp, who directly guided the training session at Melwood, Thursday (3/9) local time, admitted that the return of Matip and Henderson was a big boost for the Reds as they prepare for this important week.
Henderson has been out of action since July 2020 due to an ankle injury. Meanwhile, Matip has been sidelined for the last two months due to a leg injury that has even made him absent from the Liverpool squad until the closing match of the 2019/20 season.
Meanwhile, Origi, did not participate in training in most of the pre-season training in Austria due to minor injuries sustained at the training camp.
Disclosed thisisAnfield.com, Origi was actually selected to defend the Belgian national team in two Uefa Nations League matches this month. But he had to be dropped by coach Roberto Martinez for the matches against Denmark and Iceland. The 25-year-old striker continues his training with the Reds squad.
Now, the three players are expected to take part in the match against Blackpool, where Matip's involvement will be key for Jurgen Klopp's squad due to the absence of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez who are both defending their respective national teams.
Liverpool will likely have 17-year-old Billy Koumetio involved, while Nat Phillips, Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp van den Berg will also be involved. The German coach also has many options in the back line of his squad this weekend.
Later, Matip will partner Phillips in defense, with Hoever at right-back and James Milner a candidate at left-back.
Meanwhile, Fabinho and Naby Keita could support Henderson in midfield, after players from Africa, Asia and South America did not all hold international matches.
Klopp also has the opportunity to use a 4-2-3-1 formation, as applied in the last half hour of the Community Shield match against Arsenal last weekend, where this formation will pave the way for Takumi Minamino to play on the sidelines.
Blackpool, who visit Anfield this weekend, are under the care of former Reds Under-23 team coach Neil Critchley, who moved to the club in March 2020. This friendly match will allow Matip, Henderson and Origi to continue to hone their fitness after all three missed matches against Stuttgart, Salzburg and Arsenal this summer. Thus, currently Liverpool only have two injured players, namely Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xherdan Shaqiri.
Source: Liverpool Welcomes Three Injured Players Ahead of the New Season
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