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Liverpool get a massive injury boost as Jurgen Klopp receives solution to defensive headaches



Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp suffered his injury before returning to the Premier League. The Reds face Wolves at Molineux on Saturday.

Ibrahima Konate has returned to Liverpool training and will offer manager Jurgen Klopp a solution to a new defensive headache this weekend.

The Reds boss had two spells before the international break, with Konate sidelined through injury and Virgil van Dijk through suspension and Trent Alexander-Arnold coming off England duty with a hamstring strain.

In the absence of Liverpool’s first-choice central defensive partnership, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip produced an admirable victory against Aston Villa that lifted Liverpool to third in the Premier League.

Konate trained this week without injury after returning from a thigh injury sustained in mid-August, offering the manager a chance to use Gomez immediately in Alexander-Arnold’s absence.

That would allow him to join his first-choice pair of Van Dijk and Konate in Europe next Thursday when the English club kick off the Europa League against LASK in Austria. While this is a big boost for Klopp, there was less good news for Alexander-Arnold and Thiago, who have yet to join first-team training as the pair take part in individual training programs as they return from injury.

Alexander-Arnold had to leave the England team against Villa with an injury just before the national team break, and Klopp is not risking such an injury.

Thiago was due to return this week, but the manager is not pushing the midfielder, especially after new signing Ryan Gravenberch underwent two weeks of training with the Reds after withdrawing from Holland U21 duty to focus on settling in at Anfield.

However, Gravenberch’s decision caused controversy, with both Dutch boss Ronald Koeman and U21 head coach Michael Reiziger criticizing the midfielder for withdrawing from the national team. “We are not happy that Ryan Gravenberch has refused to play for his country,” Koeman said earlier this month. – We don’t like when players refuse to play for the U21 team.

“Nigel de Jong (Dutch FA technical director) spoke to Jeremie Frimpong about it. He still wants to play for us but we decided not to invite him. You can see it as a punishment. I think you have an obligation to play for us. your country ”

Reizger said, “I hope Ryan Gravenberch learns from this. This does not mean that he will simply be invited again. He must learn from this. Playing for your country is an honor, you want to be a part of it. Plus the fame you can achieve with it.

“You fight for your country, the whole nation is behind you. Your club has only one district behind it. I don’t like Gravenberch’s choice. that’s what I told him. If you can join the national team, do it with your heart. And you don’t start thinking about yourself. But I want players who want to play with heart for our country.”


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