Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp provides update on Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane injuries

Mohamed Salah suffered a muscle injury playing for Egypt (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has ruled Naby Keita out of Saturday’s match against Huddersfield but remains hopeful the remainder of Liverpool’s walking wounded will feature.

The Guinea international picked up a hamstring injury in midweek and is expected to miss at least the next two weeks.

Klopp is also sweating on the fitness of Mohamed Salah, who picked up a muscle strain playing for Egypt last week, Sadio Mane, who underwent a procedure on a broken thumb on Thursday, Virgil van Dijk, who sat out Holland’s 1-1 draw with Belgium in midweek nursing bruised ribs, and James Milner who limped out of the goalless draw against Manchester City earlier this month.

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Virgil van Dijk has been nursing bruised ribs for the last few weeks (Picture: Getty)

Sadio Mane underwent a procedure on a broken thumb on Thursday (Picture: AMA)‘A few of the boys trained and we will see what they reacted after that. Pretty sure that Naby will not be available,’ Klopp confirmed.

‘Football players play very often with some kind of pain. He [Van Dijk] has no problems with that (his ribs) any more.

‘We know what they [international players] did intensity-wise during the week. We can watch the games but what they do in training you cannot know.

‘We cannot ignore the travelling when you fly overnight and change time zones two or three times in eight or nine days.

‘They are ready but I have to make a decision how ready they are.’

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Liverpool handed double boost as Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk return to training

Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk are back in training (Picture: Getty)Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk have returned to full training ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Huddersfield.

Both Salah and Van Dijk played the full 90 minutes of Liverpool’s goalless draw with Manchester City but sustained injuries while on international duty for Egypt and the Netherlands respectively.

Salah suffered a muscle problem during Egypt’s defeat of Swaziland while Van Dijk picked up a rib injury in the Netherlands’ victory over Germany.

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While both were doubts for this weekend’s trip to Huddersfield, Jurgen Klopp has been handed a major boost as the pair took part in full training on Thursday.

Sadio Mane could also be in contention after having surgery on his hand problem, but Naby Keita is expected to miss the match.

Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Huddersfield this weekend (Picture: Getty)Klopp may be tempted to risk Mane but Daniel Sturridge’s tremendous form will likely see the the Englishman start at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Adam Lallana, who has been out of action since August, is also closing in on his return after joining up with his team-mates for full training last month.

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Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk behind only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, says Chris Sutton

Van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton in January (Picture: Getty)Virgil van Dijk is the third best player in the world behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, according to Chris Sutton.

The Netherlands international has been an instant hit at Anfield. having transformed Liverpool’s defence since joining in January.

Liverpool now boast one of the best defences in the Premier League and Van Dijk has been credited with overseeing the rapid transformation.

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With the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony fast approaching, Celtic legend Sutton named the player he believes is the third best in the world.

‘It may not be fashionable to mention a defender when you have a conversation like this, but when you look at the difference Virgil van Dijk has made to Liverpool then you can see just how good he is,’ Sutton told the BBC.

‘There is not an attribute you need as a defender that he does not have, he is quick, strong, consistent and he does not seem to lose his concentration.

Liverpool’s defence has been transformed through Van Dijk’s influence (Picture: Getty)‘He also has tremendous distribution when he is on the ball, and he reads the game so well. He has got the lot.

‘There will be a clamour for Eden Hazard and other attacking players, and I understand that, but Van Dijk has shown the difference a brilliant defender can make to any side.’

Van Dijk will hope to lead Liverpool in a title charge this season with the Reds joint-top of the Premier League table after eight games.

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(Picture: Getty)Chelsea and Manchester City have kept pace with Liverpool, and club action resumes this weekend after the international break.

Liverpool travel to Huddersfield looking for their first win four games, against a side currently sitting in the relegation zone.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have several injury concerns heading into the match, with Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita, Van Dijk and Sadio Mane returning from international duty with knocks.

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Liverpool trio Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and James Milner set to play against Huddersfield

Salah is in line to play on Saturday (Picture: Reuters)James Milner, Mohamed Salah and Virigi van Dijk are all set to be fit for Liverpool’s game against Huddersfield on Saturday.

The Reds trio have all been suffering with injuries, with Van Dijk and Salah picking up issues during international duty.

Milner pulled up in the 0-0 draw Manchester City just before the international break and was expected to miss the rest of the month to a hamstring injury.

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But the 32-year-old has made a quicker than expected recovery and could be included in Jurgen Klopp’s starting eleven on Saturday.

Footage of Salah hobbling off playing for Egypt raised concerns among Liverpool fans, but the Reds medical staff do not believe the muscle strain in serious.

The forward returned to Liverpool in the last few days and was assessed and Salah is now set to return to training.

Despite a rib injury, Van Dijk is set to feature against Huddersfield (Picture; Getty)Van Dijk too is in line to play at the weekend, despite continuing to struggle with a rib injury on international duty.

Netherlands boss Ronaldo Koeman has already indicated the injury is minor, but revealed the centre-back would not play against Belgium on Tuesday night.

The triple injury boost will be a relief for Klopp after Sadio Mane became the latest Liverpool player struck down by injury on international duty.

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Milner has recovered quickly from a hamstring injury (Picture: Getty)Mane suffered a hand injury, and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

The Senegal international hurt his hand in training ahead of a game against Sudan, and is reported to have broken a bone his left thumb.

Mane’s injury is set to rule him out of Liverpool’s game against Huddersfield.

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Ronald Koeman delivers major update on Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk

Van Dijk is expected to recover in time for Saturday’s Premier League game against Huddersfield (Getty Images)Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed Virgil van Dijk will be fit to return for Liverpool after worries over a rib injury he picked up.

The Liverpool centre-back played 90 minutes and scored as his nation beat Germany 3-0 on Saturday, but Koeman confirmed he will be rested for Tuesday’s clash with Belgium after being in contact with Liverpool over his fitness.

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The 27-year-old, who captains the Netherlands, injured his rib in Liverpool’s win over Southampton last month but had been playing on through the pain since.

Van Dijk has now travelled back to England to continue his recovery and is expected to be fit enough for Saturday’s late kick-off against Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Virgil van Dijk of Holland during the Training Holland at the KNVB Campus (Getty Images)‘He’s back in Liverpool but he is ready to play for next week,” Koeman said. ‘He’s taken a rest.

‘He spoke to the manager. The medical staff of the Dutch national team spoke to the medical staff of Liverpool and made the decision that he was playing only the Germany game and then after back to Liverpool.

‘He is ready to play next weekend.’

Liverpool are continuing to monitor the fitness of forward Mohamed Salah after he suffered a muscle injury in Egypt’s 4-1 win over Swaziland on Friday.

Salah was due to travel to Swaziland with the Egypt squad for the return African Nations Cup qualifier, but the Egyptian FA have confirmed he has since travelled back to Merseyside.

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Sadio Mane taken to hospital to join Salah and Van Dijk in Liverpool injury woes

Mane has become the latest Liverpool player to suffer an injury (Picture: AMA/Getty)Sadio Mane became the latest Liverpool player to suffer an injury on the international break, after fellow key stars Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk handed Jurgen Klopp a major headache.

The Senegal forward was taken to hospital with a hand injury, which was picked up during training ahead of his country’s clash with Sudan, and is thought to have broken his left thumb.

Though the injury is not overly serious, it could get worse if he plays and therefore he is expected to sit out of the Sudan tie as well as Liverpool’s next Premier League match against Huddersfield.

Sadio Mane has broken this left thumb in training with Senegal national team, his injury could get worse if he played. He’s expected to miss the game vs. Sudan and Liverpool’s clash against Huddersfield in the Premier League.
— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) October 15, 2018

The news will come as a blow to Jurgen Klopp, who has already seen Salah and Van Dijk return home from international duty early.

Salah picked up a muscle injury during Egypt’s 4-1 win over Swaziland on Friday night, while Van Dijk suffered with a rib issue during the Netherlands’ 3-0 victory against Germany.

The duo now face a race to be fit for the Huddersfield clash, and Klopp may have to be prepared to shuffle his pack.

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Liverpool ace Virgil van Dijk told he ‘needs to change’ after Manchester City blunder

Virgil van Dijk has largely impressed for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Virgil van Dijk needs to ‘change’ after almost gifting Manchester City victory over Liverpool at the weekend, his Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman has said.

Dutch star Van Dijk is rated as one of the Premier League’s best defenders and has enjoyed a bright start to his career at Anfield.

His performances have helped Liverpool climb to the top of the table – where they sit alongside Man City and Chelsea.

But he conceded a penalty against City at the weekend after fouling Leroy Sane with a clumsy challenge in the 85th-minute.

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While Riyad Mahrez blasted his spot-kick over the bar, Koeman says this was another example of how Van Dijk needs to improve.

‘I know him so well – and that means I know where all his little faults are,’ the Netherlands manager said.

‘Virgil has to improve. Not a lot. But sometimes he is a little too laid back. That needs to change.

‘There are moments as a defender when you should be no more than three feet away from the striker you are marking.

Van Dijk trains with his Netherlands team (Picture: Getty)

Gary Neville reveals which Premier League player has impressed him the most this season

Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville has been impressed by four Premier League players so far this season – but says one star stands out from the rest.

After seven games of the 2018-19 campaign, reigning champions Manchester City are joined by Liverpool at the top of the table on 19 points.

Like City and Liverpool, Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea are also unbeaten but have dropped to third after drawing two consecutive games.

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North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal are level on points in fourth and fifth, with struggling Manchester United down in tenth after losing three games already.

Neville has been impressed by Chelsea’s in-form forward Eden Hazard, Manchester United defender Luke Shaw and Liverpool’s James Milner and Virgil van Dijk.

But the former England defender says it is Van Dijk, who joined Liverpool for £75million last year, who has impressed him the most.

Virgil van Dijk has made a superb start to the new season (Picture: Getty)He told Sky Sports Super 6: ‘Milner for Liverpool, who have been outstanding. Virgil van Dijk: outstanding.

‘Luke Shaw at Manchester United, I’ve been really pleased with him. I’ve got full belief in him and his talent. He just needs that break in terms of staying clear of injuries.

‘Eden Hazard is a wonderful player. He probably is [the best in the league]. David Silva I love. De Bruyne is brilliant. [David] De Gea has been one of the top players over the last few years.

‘They are the type of players who have impressed me most.

‘But Van Dijk – worryingly – has impressed me more than anybody. He’s just a fantastic central defender.’

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has also heaped praise on Dutch star Van Dijk, labelling him Jurgen Klopp’s most important player this season.

‘I think Liverpool look really solid, and they have since Van Dijk came in,’ Carragher said.

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‘Opposition teams now look at Liverpool and they don’t see that weakness defensively they’ve seen before in Klopp’s team.

‘The front three, who have been absolute superstars for Liverpool, aren’t quite firing the way they were last season.

‘I’m sure that will come in the coming weeks and months but certainly, at the other end of the pitch, they’re doing their job.’

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Jamie Carragher names Virgil van Dijk as Liverpool’s best player this season

Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk from Southampton last year (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher believes Virgil van Dijk has been Liverpool’s best player so far this season.

The Reds made a superb start to the 2018-19 campaign, winning seven consecutive games, including their Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain.

But Jurgen Klopp’s side have had a slight wobble this week, losing to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup and Napoli in Europe.

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They also dropped their first point of the Premier League season at Stamford Bridge at the weekend and had Daniel Sturridge to thank after his late strike earned a point.

Carragher says Liverpool’s dynamic front three ‘are not quite firing’ but heaped praise on Van Dijk for his impact since arriving at Anfield.

Liverpool signed the Dutch defender from Southampton last year for £75million.

Asked to name Liverpool’s most impressive player this season, Carragher said: ‘Virgil van Dijk.

Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher (Picture: Getty)‘I think Liverpool look really solid, and they have since he came in.

‘Opposition teams now look at Liverpool and they don’t see that weakness defensively they’ve seen before in Klopp’s team.

‘The front three, who have been absolute superstars for Liverpool, aren’t quite firing the way they were last season.

‘I’m sure that will come in the coming weeks and months but certainly, at the other end of the pitch, they’re doing their job.’

The Reds face Manchester City this weekend (Picture: Getty)Liverpool, who are joint-top of the Premier League alongside Manchester City, face Pep Guardiola’s side at Anfield this weekend.

Carragher expects an entertaining encounter on Merseyside, telling Sky Sports: ‘There’s no doubt the high press and aggression is perfect for Liverpool, certainly at Anfield on that tighter pitch than what we see teams normally play on.

‘In terms of playing that way against City, the debate is whether you really go for them or sit off them.

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‘There’s no set way of stopping Manchester City. Liverpool have a way of playing, not just against City but against everyone, and at the moment that looks like it’s causing City problems.

‘But I don’t think for one minute Pep Guardiola’s going to fall into that trap again.

‘He may do something different to counteract it and that’s what you get with these top managers.’

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Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk backs Mohamed Salah to rediscover killer instinct

Salah is yet to find his groove this season (Picture: Getty)Virgil van Dijk is backing his Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah to rediscover his killer instinct.

Salah has already scored three goals and provided two assists in just seven games, but has been guilty of missing some golden opportunities.

Last season Salah converted almost every chance he got, and Jurgen Klopp admitted after the Chelsea game at the weekend his star forward was suffering from a crisis of confidence.

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Van Dijk has been one of Liverpool’s stand-out performers this season and the defender insisted his team-mate is still the same player.

‘We are seven games in and Mo’s working hard. He’s still the same Mo, and he needs a bit of luck as well,’ said Van Dijk.

‘I’m not worried at all, and he should not be worried either. We do it all together, we’ll always be there for him and he’ll deliver as well.

(Picture: Getty)‘He had a tough game against Chelsea [on Saturday], but it’s part of football.’

After a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Liverpool have another tough fixture against Napoli on Wednesday night.

The Champions League clash is another crucial game as the Reds look to build on an exciting 3-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the first group game.

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(Picture: Getty)Changes are expected however, as Liverpool welcome defending Premier League champions Manchester City to Anfield at the weekend.

Salah will start against City in the league, meaning Daniel Sturridge should be given the chance to play against Napoli.

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