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Video: Jurgen Klopp on injuries, Wolves and fans' return to Anfield

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5th December 2020

Liverpool manager spoke to reporters as he looked ahead to the Reds' clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend.

The Reds return to Premier League action on Sunday evening after booking their place in the last-16 of the Champions League with a win over Ajax in midweek.

Skipper made his first start after returning from injury, while the Reds finally came through unscathed injury-wise from a fixture.

Trent and Keita back in training

Trent Alexander-Arnold Injury

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The boss, when asked whether any other players were close to returning this weekend, confirmed and could be in contention.

Alexander-Arnold suffered a knock against nearly a month ago, while Keita has been out of action since the Reds' win over on 22 November.

“I don’t know yet, we will see. Trent and Naby will do the first steps in team training today; whatever we can do with that depends on how it looks,” Klopp said.

“There are some niggles after the game against Ajax and we have to see how they respond. So far, they didn’t do a lot apart from treatment and stuff like this. We have to see how that develops [but] I don’t know in the moment.

“There is a chance Naby and Trent can be in the squad, I would say. If they can play, I don’t know. If they are in the squad then they can play, but if they can start or play 90 minutes, I don’t know. I think there’s a chance they are in the squad, yes.

“Apart from Naby and Trent, nobody is coming back, no.”

As Klopp stated, the duo joined up with the rest of the squad at the AXA Training Centre on Friday evening.

While their participation seems unlikely so soon after returning to full-team training, their presence could be required considering the current workload of the squad.

Ox "looks really promising"

Oxlade-Chamberlain

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Klopp also provided an update on , who has sat out so far this season due to a knee injury sustained at the start of pre-season.

It was another cruel setback for the midfielder, who has suffered various niggling injuries since recovering from a serious knee injury three seasons ago.

But it shouldn't be too long a wait to see Oxlade-Chamberlain back in action, with the 27-year-old now "warming up with the team."

“Ox looks really promising, he is doing a lot of stuff," Klopp said.

"He is warming up with the team now, some ball work, a lot of stuff, but we will develop that now over the next few days.

“Then we will see from which moment on it makes sense to throw him in. He is not too far away.”

a "tricky" test

Nuno Espirito Santo

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Nuno Espirito Santo's side arrive at Anfield sitting seventh in the table and having won just twice in their last six games.

But Klopp insists their league position isn't their truest reflection as he insisted his counterpart was doing an "exceptional job" at managing a side that plays like an "absolutely top team."

“It’s just good and when you play them, they don’t play like seventh in the league, they play like an absolutely top team,” Klopp said.

“They had, especially last year, the Europa League to deal with and they did exceptionally well, to be honest. They played well there and that’s a really tough task after getting promoted only a year before that.

“So, absolutely outstanding, Nuno is doing an exceptional job. Top, top recruitment, quite a few players from Portugal, it’s clear, with all the people working there at the club. Top, top players. Yeah, nothing bad to say about them.

“Now they changed system slightly, not sure if they will play against us like this, that makes it even more tricky, that you don’t know exactly what they will do.

“They don’t know exactly what we will do, which is good. So, the same situation – let’s play the game.”

Klopp calls on fans' positive influence

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The boss reflected back on his period as a player as he welcomed back the return of 2,000 supporters to Anfield on Sunday night.

The Reds will play in front of their fans for the first time in nearly nine months following strict coronavirus restrictions forcing football behind closed doors.

With government guidelines changing, supporters will finally return to the stands at Anfield on Sunday, with 2,000 fans set to be in attendance across the Kop and the Main Stand.

“I hope it will be a great experience for all of us, but I don’t know,” Klopp said.

“As I said before, as a player I played very often in front of 2,000 people, they were not always in the best mood, to be honest! 2,000 people can create a bad mood, I remember that very well.

“After that long break, I think our fans will be in the best possible shape. As we’ve always said, when you go to Anfield it is not important how many [of] you there are, it’s all about how big your influence will be.

“I hope 2,000 people can be really influential, that they really help. First and foremost, they have to enjoy the game.

“I don’t hope that if they see the first pass that will not arrive from player A to player B that they think, ‘Oh my god, again!’ and stuff like this - they just should be happy that they are in the stadium again.

“I’m very happy that we have them there and let’s make the best of it.”

Watch everything Klopp had to say during his full press conference above.

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