Mignolet to make first appearance in eight months; Lovren in contention vs. Chelsea

LFC Globe
26th September 2018
Simon Mignolet

will start against in the League Cup at , Jurgen Klopp confirmed during his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old's last appearance in a Reds shirt came in Liverpool's 3-2 at to in the on 27 January.

The Belgium shot-stopper was replaced by - now at Besiktas - at the turn of the year after coming under criticism for poor performances for the first half of the season.

Mignolet is now set to get his first start for the Reds in eight months - with Liverpool's new no. 1 Alisson being given a rest.

“The only position I will confirm today is Simon (Mignolet) will start,” Klopp said. “He's been brilliant for me.

Klopp's pre-Chelsea press conference

“All the rest you gave to wait until tomorrow but it will be a good team, I can tell you that. We are really competitive, we really want to this game.

“I will make decisions. It [the changes] will not be nil and won't be 11. With our rhythm we are used to playing three times a week so let's do it.”

Klopp also confirmed that is close to making a return after coming through unscathed in four training sessions ahead of the game.

Dejan Lovren

Image: Propaganda Photo

“Dejan looks actually quite good. He trained now 4 times and had a very intense period before that with fitness guys for 10 days, so he looks ready,” Klopp added.

is extremely likely to be rested, having suffered a rib injury against on Saturday which Klopp admits is still "painful" and "needs to settle".

is set to return to training next week, whilst is back training on his own as he steps up his rehabilitation.

is also back in training after picking up a knock for Liverpoo's U23s side and could make an appearance on Wednesday night.

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