In his pre-Bournemouth press conference, Jurgen Klopp gave a positive injury update, kept quiet on potential new signings for Liverpool and urged the city to pull together following the tragic killing of Olivia Pratt-Korbel.
Here are five key points from the manager ahead of his return to Anfield on Saturday:
5 players are close to returning to action
It’s about time we got some positive news on the injury front.
While none of Liverpool’s 10 injured players are likely to return to action against Bournemouth, Klopp has revealed that a handful could return to training next week.
The boss named Joel Matip, Curtis Jones, Thiago, Diogo Jota and Caohimen Kelleher as players who could return soon.
“This weekend, maybe not, but then Joel, Curtis, Thiago is not far away, Diogo is getting close, Caohin will be training, I think, at the beginning of next week as well,” Klopp said when asked about injuries.
“So yes, positive news, but I don’t think anyone will be ready tomorrow.”
“Constantly working” on transfers.
After weeks of insisting Liverpool would not make any further signings this summer, Klopp appeared more open to new arrivals after Monday’s United defeat and his tone was similar here.
The Liverpool boss is insisting that any new signing must be the “right player”, but says the club is “continually working” on potential new signings.
“I don’t know, you can imagine that we are constantly working on these kinds of things,” Klopp told reporters when asked about the transfer on Friday afternoon.
“We talked about the reasons why sometimes it doesn’t happen, sometimes too expensive, sometimes not having the right players, but then things change and things like that happen, but one thing that remains really important is having the right players. .
“We’re working and we’ll see if something happens, I don’t know.”
“We need 100% effort”
The manner of Liverpool’s defeat by United was the most worrying, with the players’ body language causing genuine concern for supporters.
There was none of the grit and determination we’ve become accustomed to from Klopp’s side, and the boss admitted he will need more effort from his players in the coming weeks.
“We have to improve, so we can improve the effort immediately,” he said.
“Maybe it was 95 but we want 100 per cent.
“It’s all football stuff and we have football solutions for it. What we have achieved has never been easy, so no one should expect it to be easy now. let’s go together
“We want to give Ali a chance for a clean sheet, he can’t do it alone, so we have to defend well. And then attack well, everyone is responsible for everything. Although this beginning may seem difficult, it is not impossible.
“One of the main rules we have is that everyone is responsible for everything. When we defend or attack, no one is out of the loop.”
“This is our city”
Klopp was also asked about the fatal shooting of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel, who was tragically killed in Liverpool on Monday evening.
He admits that he can’t say anything that will make things better for Olivia’s family, but the club will do everything they can to help.
“I can’t say anything now,” he said.
“Of course our thoughts and prayers are with his family. I can’t imagine how it feels, horrible.
“If we can help in any way, that would be obvious.
“This is our city. At this point we must understand that this is our city. “
The severity of Keita’s injury is unclear
Naby Keita was a late withdrawal from the squad for the trip to Old Trafford on Monday after pulling up with an injury in training earlier in the day.
Klopp says the club is still unsure of how bad the injury is, but says Guini is currently unavailable.
“Naby will not be ready for the weekend, of course not,” he said.
“We need to see how long it takes. It’s a muscle and it’s not 100% clear, but he won’t be available for next week.”