Liverpool team news: Jurgen Klopp provides injury updates on Matip, Alisson & Jota

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that injured trio Alisson Becker, Diogo Jota and Joel Matip will not be a part of the squad to face Sheffield United on Wednesday, while providing fresh updates on their statuses.

Both Alisson and Jota suffered hamstring injuries during Liverpool's 1-1 draw away at Manchester City at the end of last month, while timeframes for the duo's returns have been loose.

Klopp previously suggested that Alisson could return in time for the Reds clash with Manchester United on 17 December, while Jota's more serious issue means he is likely to be out for longer.

Meanwhile, Matip became the latest player to be struck down by injury when he was forced off during the thrilling 4-3 win over Fulham on Sunday.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday's Premier League clash with Sheffield United, Klopp was asked about all three players.

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On Matip, the manager conceded he is still in the dark over the severity of his centre back's knee injury with a scan yet to be done. However, he reiterated that Matip is likely to be out for some time.

“No, I don’t know exactly but it doesn’t look good, that’s something we can say,” Klopp told reporters.

“The scan is not done yet so we don’t know exactly, but it’s not great. From the first second it was clear, we spoke to him and said, ‘No, that’s not good.’

“But how long, I don’t know.”

Meanwhile, on Alisson and Jota, Klopp said: “He. [Jota] was running yesterday outside – on his birthday – and everything goes in the right direction, but nobody told me he will be back in team training today. No, there is still some time.

“And with Ali the same. Obviously Ali is closer but not available for tomorrow definitely.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 25, 2023: Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker looks dejected during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The update means that, as expected, Caoimhin Kelleher will continue in goal for Liverpool for the trip to Bramall Lane.

The 25-year-old Ireland international came in for some criticism for his display in the win over Fulham, but was defended by Klopp.

"I really think he played a really good game [against Fulham]," the manager said. "In possession he was good, especially with his feet, but then we conceded two goals [in the first half].

"One, the Harry Wilson goal, is an unlucky one as a goalie. If the ball goes through the legs, it goes through the legs and that happens. The second one, our goalie coaches and Ali [Alisson] especially explained to me: we are front-footed goalkeepers, they told me.

"I know that and in this moment Caoimhin steps into the situation. If Tete tries to control the ball, Caoimhin is there, but he doesn't. He takes the first touch and then the ball passes him a little bit.

"These kind of things happen, it has nothing to do with quality - it’s a philosophy thing. He could have saved that ball as well with exactly the same movement, just a little bit more luck. [So] just keep going, do the same things."

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