While none of Joël Matip, Diogo Jota, or Alisson Becker are in contention to face Sheffield United on Wednesday, there is at least positive news to report in the case of the later two as Jota and Alisson work towards rejoining their teammates in training.
“He was running yesterday outside on his birthday,” Klopp said when asked about Jota at his pre-match press conference. “Everything goes in the right direction, but nobody told me he will be back in team training today. And with Ali the same. Obviously Ali is closer but not available for tomorrow definitely.”
In addition to Wednesday’s Premier League tie against Sheffield, Alisson is expected to miss the league game against Crystal Palace on the weekend and Union Saint-Gilloise next week in the Europa League, but he could then be available to face Manchester United.
Jota is expected to miss slightly longer and could be set to return around Christmas. While those two are working towards their returns, though, Klopp and the club are still awaiting results of scans on Joël Matip’s damaged knee.
“I don’t know exactly but it doesn’t look good, that’s something we can say,” Klopp noted. “The scan is not done yet so we don’t know exactly, but it’s not great. From the first second it was clear, when we spoke to him and he said it’s not good. But how long? I don’t know.”