Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate will ‘be out for some time’ after struggling damage in pre-season pleasant… as Jurgen Klopp says it can ‘affect outgoing transfers’ with Nat Phillips set to remain
- Liverpool kick off their Premier League marketing campaign in opposition to Fulham on Saturday
- Jurgen Klopp has revealed his workforce are affected by a listing of accidents
- The FA Cup holders will probably be with out stars Ibrahima Konate and Diogo Jota
- Konate’s newest damage scare might see Nat Phillips pressured to remain at Anfield
Liverpool will begin their new Premier League marketing campaign with out centre-back Ibrahima Konaté after Jurgen Klopp revealed the Frenchman will miss Saturday’s match in opposition to Fulham.
Konate picked up the damage throughout Liverpool’s pre-season defeat in opposition to Strasbourg, which came about simply 24 hours after their Community Shield victory over Man City.
Klopp outlined the defender will ‘be out for some time’ as Liverpool try to get their season off to a flying begin revealing they’ll ‘should see how lengthy it can take’ until he returns.
Konate’s damage not solely disrupts his personal plans to get minutes forward of the summer season World Cup but additionally meddles with the way forward for Nat Phillips who is needed by each Bournemouth and Fulham.
Ibrahima Konate is about for a spell on the sidelines at Liverpool which means wantaway defender Nat Phillips might be pressured to remain at Anfield this summer season
Both Konate (left) and Curtis Jones (proper) will miss Liverpool’s season opening conflict
The wantaway defender has been given permission to go away Anfield ought to a switch price be agreed, however current accidents means Phillips might be denied a transfer elsewhere with Klopp saying Konate’s absence ‘will affect the outgoing transfers.’
He beforehand impressed supporters when pressured to step in on the coronary heart of Liverpool’s defence in Premier League and Champions League matches when the workforce’s defence was riddled with accidents.
Joel Matip, Virgil Van-Dijk, and Joe Gomez can be the membership’s solely match central defenders ought to Phillips depart Liverpool whereas Konate is out of motion.
Konate joins an damage checklist which already consists of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring), Diogo Jota (thigh), Curtis Jones (calf), Caoimhin Kelleher (groin), Kostas Tsimikas (knock) and Naby Keita (sickness).
Star ahead Diogo Jota may even miss the upcoming match in opposition to Fulham on account of damage
Jurgen Klopp admitted his aspect ‘have too many accidents’ as the beginning of the season looms
‘Kostas [Tsimikas] unfortunate in a coaching state of affairs. He could be prepared to coach subsequent week which is useful,’ stated Klopp.
‘Curtis [Jones] we hope we caught it on the proper second. Sometimes with younger gamers they’ve a stress response.
‘We should watch out. Naby [Keita] I believe will probably be again at the moment the primary day. Yesterday some signs nonetheless, not covid, however not proper.’
The German additional delved into his plans for Saturday’s early kick off as he backed new big-money striker Darwin Nunez to hit the bottom working, however defined that the Uruguayan could should make his first league look from the bench.
Klopp additionally revealed new signing Darwin Nunez will characteristic in opposition to Fulham however could not begin
Nunez has been introduced in to fill the objectives void left by Sadio Mane – who joined Bayern Munich – however faces stiff competitors within the placing division from fellow South American Roberto Firmino.
‘Darwin is prepared however that does not imply he has to begin. He wants time to get used to a number of issues however he is already an actual assist.
‘It was a correct pre-season coaching session for him. He stated he was nervous early on. Normal. He’s settled shortly. Feels at house.
‘They are completely different gamers [Firmino and Nunez], they get on. They are each from South America, each offensive gamers however completely different positions.
‘Firmino is an distinctive participant.’
Liverpool will kick off their new Premier League season in opposition to newly-promoted Fulham on Saturday August 6.