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Klopp blames dates, changes and pre-season for Liverpool injuries

By Charles Cornwall

Klopp blames dates, changes and pre-season for Liverpool injuries

Liverpool manager discusses reasons for injuries, Naby Keita's future and midfield options

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Ahead of Monday night's trip to Old Trafford for Liverpool's match against Manchester United, manager Jurgen Klopp took questions from reporters at the AXA Training Centre. During the press conference, Klopp discussed the future of Naby Keita and the midfield situation in his squad.

According to the Reds' manager, the injury crisis is to some extent due to the quick turnaround from last season, the shorter pre-season and bad luck, or a mixture of all of these. Klopp questioned what went wrong with his squad, and while he claims it is a lot of bad luck, there have been a number of players who are now inactive.

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Klopp gave the example of several players and how their injury came about, such as Caoimhín Kelleher: "I heard that the Irish manager didn't like it, or however he got the information, but for us it's like this: he got injured in Ireland and the person in charge at the time didn't pick him up. Then, when he came here, he was still injured without any major problems. In a short break the guys don't train like crazy in these three and a half weeks. Two weeks off, a week a little bit, and then the first goalkeeper training until today," he said.

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For Klopp, something similar happened with Diogo Jota, who played for Portugal, then had a session with Liverpool, and it happened again or Calvin Ramsay, who came in with problems quite early. Also, the stress reaction of Curtis Jones, who is no longer a kid, but still young, can happen. "It's really strange, nobody knows exactly where it comes from, but it can happen. So, tough luck. Oxlade with a reasonable muscle injury," he added.

"Ibou in a tackle, going in, unlucky. It was a similar situation with Kostas, right in training: normal challenge, knee a bit odd, out. Bobby just a little bit, but enough to be unavailable. Naby sick. If they're not available it's all the same pretty much. Joel now. That was strange too, how it happened. He didn't feel anything in training, he came in and then he said: 'There's something' and then he's out for three weeks, four weeks," the German coach commented.

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