During Klopp’s press conference he delivered Liverpool fans a lump of coal just before Christmas; Coutinho and Matip are both doubts for the Stoke and Manchester City matches.
Philippe Coutinho has suffered a setback in training and is not expected to be fit before the new year. After an ankle injury suffered in the November 26 matchup against Sunderland the Brazilian set Manchester City as his comeback.
“The game everyone is dreaming of is City: it was clear from the first second of the injury this would be extremely unlikely”
, Klopp said.
“We don’t have him in full training so there is no reason to think about when he is back. We cannot rush the situation.”
Klopp went on to say.
Klopp dealt another blow to the squad after revealing that Joel Matip has not returned to training after missing the Middlesbrough and Everton matches.
“We could have tried to bring him back in the Everton game but it would have been a 95% probability he would be out for the next game…It is not possible if he is not 100% comfortable.”
Although it is unclear when he will return, Ragnar Klavan has stepped up and filled in nicely for the injured Cameroon international.
Klavan was quoted saying, “Playing for Liverpool is like winning the lottery.”
Klopp also hailed the importance of Daniel Sturridge’s return to fitness saying,
“He will play an important part! We know about his qualities.”
The manager went on to say,
“He’s in good shape, but there are intense games, a lot of games, so we have to manage it.”
Marko Grujic has also rejoined first team training after missing time due to a tendon injury.
With no new injuries, Liverpool will look to finish 2016 strong and take all 6 points in their final two matches of the year.