Liverpool will carefully assess Joel Matip’s readiness to face Manchester United on Sunday, while the crowd will give Anthony Martial every chance to play at Anfield.
Matip has been sidelined since sustaining an adductor injury in the Reds’ 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion on December 27th.
However, the center-back is in training ahead of the Premier League encounter , and Jürgen Klopp said at his press conference before the game that a decision about his involvement would then be made.
« Joel is close, » said the manager on Friday. « Does it make sense now to throw him into a game for a session or two that he hasn’t done yet, but might be involved today and tomorrow?
» To get him [in] I don’t know . We have to see, we have to choose, we have to look at him and how he will train, what he looks like in training and things like that. «
Regarding the likelihood that Jordan Henderson will be used again in central defense if Matip is not available, Klopp added: » We still have different solutions.
« Hendo is also very important for us in midfield so we just have to see. It’s not decided yet, why should I? «
Klopp said of the number 8’s fitness: » Now all we had to do was apply the brakes and say: ‘Let’s do it right.’ At the moment we have alternatives in midfield, so we’re really trying to give him the To give the time that he needs to get 100 percent fit. «
Thiago Alcantara is about to make his Anfield debut for the club, while Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri are setting the milestones of 150 and 50 Liverpool- « He now had 90 and 45 minutes in the last two games, » remarked Klopp on Thiago. « So we’ll see if he can play which position he’ll play because there are obviously different options and all that stuff. «
For United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer announced that Martial was not excluded from the trip to Anfield after a blow to Burnley in the middle of the week.
The visitors, however, will be without Phil Jones and Brandon Williams get along and have some other fitness problem monitor me, Solskjaer confirmed on Friday.
« I will give everyone tomorrow to prove their fitness and get the chance to take part in this game, » he said. « There are a few strokes at Burnley that I’m not sure about.
» I think the only ones that definitely aren’t are Brandon and Phil Jones. They’re the two who definitely play the game A few others may be doubts, but we hope – keep our fingers crossed. «
Southampton 1-0 Liverpool (4th January): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Fabinho, Robertson, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Burnley 0-1 Manchester United (January 12): De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Fernandes, Martial, Rashford, Cavani .