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Jurgen Klopp confirms player definitely misses Newcastle, fitness check on another but one back

7 months ago
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Jurgen Klopp has met the media on Friday morning.

The Liverpool boss speaking to journalists ahead of the trip to St James Park.

Klopp’s team needing to win to have any chance of winning the Premier League.

Since taking over at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp has yet to win at St James Park.

Losing 2-0 in Newcastle’s (last) relegation season, then a 1-1 draw last time, when a Joselu ‘special’ earned Newcastle a draw.

Ahead of the Newcastle match, Klopp has confirmed that Naby Keita definitely misses Saturday night’s game.

Whilst on striker Roberto Firmino, the Liverpool boss says it will be a late fitness test.

In better news for him, Jurgen Klopp says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will though definitely return to the squad tomorrow.

Jurgen Klopp pre-Newcastle v Liverpool press conference:

“Bad news on Naby Keita (after picking up an injury against Barcelona) for us but bad news for Guinea as well because the Africa Cup of Nations is coming up.

“He was in a really good moment but it happened, that is how football and life sometimes are. 

“(On whether Roberto Firmino will be available) We will see, we will see.

“Perfect that he (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain) is back, he will be in the squad and we’ll decide who starts.

“(Asked about Man City v Leicester) Our problem isn’t what teams are doing on Monday night, our problem is finding a way to beat Newcastle as we respect them so much.

“When you are in the race you don’t get tired and we are all ambitious like hell.

“All we can do is to beat Newcastle and that is unbelievably difficult, what another team does on Monday night isn’t our problem.

“Newcastle are in a very good moment and have won quite a few games in recent weeks and are in a comfortable situation.

“They changed formation after they played us.

“The boys are (after Barcelona) now completely on the Newcastle game, if you want to win in football then you have to accept that you can lose. 

“We did some really good stuff (against Barcelona) and I’m very positive, now we go to Newcastle.

Whatever happens, this has already been a special season.”

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