Liverpool dealt with major injury blow ahead of Newcastle United clash
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Liverpool have been dealt with a major injury blow ahead of their Premier League clash against Newcastle United.
After recording their first Premier League victory of the 23/24 season last weekend against Bournemouth at Anfield, Liverpool face a tough test this Sunday with a trip to St. James’ Park.
Speaking to the media ahead of the match, Klopp has given a brief update on any injury concerns ahead of their clash with Eddie Howe's men.
Whilst giving positive updates on the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcantara and Curtis Jones, there was a concerning update with regards to central defender Ibrahima Konate.
Klopp said: “Trent [is fit] yes. Thiago and Curtis from Monday onwards and Ibou Konate is a doubt.
“Playing 40 mins with 10 men didn't help! That's the situation. Very good news [about Mac Allister's red card]. Massive relief.”
Klopp was later asked what Konate’s injury was, the Liverpool simply said: “Muscle.”
Injury update from Klopp to face Newcastle:— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) August 25, 2023
❓Konate (a doubt)
❌ Thiago (back on Monday)
❌ Jones (back on Monday)
When asked if his squad has enough defensive cover, Klopp said: “We have in an ideal world 8 centre-halves and I have no doubt about the quality of the boys.
“Quansah a super talented player. At this moment we are covered but it's not where you can be prepared for every situation. We will do our absolute best.”
On the tough test against Newcastle, Klopp said: "An away game at Newcastle and they are an incredibly strong team, super development under Howe, smart business. Two standouts are Tonali and Barnes, really good. Super intense style. Massive atmosphere, so this is a tough one."
So far in the summer transfer window, Liverpool have brought in Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai and Wataru Endo.
It has been reported that the Anfield club are looking to add a left-sided centre-back to their squad if the right option is available.
Recently, they were linked with Bayer Leverkusen defender Piero Hincapie, who could be lured away from Germany.