Jurgen Klopp provides fitness updates on Van Dijk, Gomez, Lallana and more ahead of Porto




Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has this evening provided a fitness update on his squad, ahead of the Reds’ clash with Porto tomorrow night.

Liverpool vs Porto

Klopp’s men are set to welcome Portuguese giants Porto to Anfield, for the first-leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie between the clubs.

Liverpool secured their place in the final-8 of the competition courtesy of an impressive 3-1 aggregate defeat of Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich last month.

And the Merseysiders have since gone on to secure a trio of consecutive domestic victories over the weeks since, catapulting them back above Manchester City to the summit of the Premier League table.

The latest of these wins came last Friday, when the Reds roared back from a goal down to eventually put Southampton to the sword by 3 goals to 1 at St. Mary’s.

‘Should be OK’

However, Jurgen Klopp has this evening revealed that it was not all smiles after his side’s latest 3-point haul.

Speaking in an interview with Liverpool’s official website, the German tactician confirmed that a trio of players, in the form of Georginio Wijnaldum, Joel Matip and Virgil Van Dijk, picked up ‘little problems’ versus Southampton.

Klopp also added, though, that all 3 ‘should be OK’ to face Porto, ‘hopefully…’

‘We had little problems after the (Southampton) game, back problems here, Gini Wijnaldum a little back problem, Joel (Matip), I think even Virg (Van Dijk) from a fall on the ground. But they all should be OK, hopefully.’

Klopp also provided updates on the fitness of Joe Gomez and Adam Lallana, explaining:

‘We wanted to have Joe around. Not because he is now 100 per cent ready but it was just nice to have him.’

‘He could be maybe [available] but for him it’s better to have more sessions. Joe needs that, he is not long enough in training.’

Joe Gomez battles for possession with Marco Verratti during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between PSG and Liverpool. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

‘If we don’t struggle players-wise, that we don’t have enough, then we should not think about Joe for the next one or two weeks. Because now he needs really proper training. He was around, that was good.’

‘Adam (Lallana) was only a little thing. We don’t have to talk about that. It kept him out for the weekend and maybe for tomorrow.’

‘All the rest should be OK.’

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