Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool won’t risk Virgil van Dijk or Joe Gomez until they are fully ready to return

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool won’t risk enjoying Virgil van Dijk or Joe Gomez in pre-season until they are fully ready to return.

Van Dijk has been out since final October with an ACL damage, and days later Gomez was additionally sidelined for the 12 months when he did harm to his left knee, requiring surgical procedure.

Both have been coaching with Liverpool of their pre-season camp in Austria, however haven’t featured in pleasant motion, and Klopp says they are unlikely to play any minutes within the Reds’ subsequent pre-season recreation in opposition to Hertha Berlin on Thursday July 29.

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Liverpool gamers have fun after the late personal objective winner

Speaking after the 1-0 win over Mainz on Friday to LFC TV, Klopp stated: “It would still be a surprise [if they played against Hertha], unfortunately.

“They look actually good. But look, they do all the things, they play soccer, we do the issues we will do, they do not do an excessive amount of, we simply have to be affected person. We put together for a full season, not a pre-season recreation.

“I will not risk it for a game here. We have a lot of games still coming, but I don’t see them being involved for the next one.”

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Luca Kilian’s late personal objective settling a colorless affair in Austria on Friday in opposition to Klopp’s former facet, however the German was proud of what he noticed, even when it was not excellent.

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“You always have to consider what you did the day before. We had a double session [Thursday], trained this morning, and this is exactly what you need. Good intensive stuff, and try to play the best football you can. It’s pre-season.

“I’m completely satisfied about a number of conditions I noticed. First half I noticed some actually good soccer, we handed the ball fairly shortly in opposition to organised facet, defending facet. It was distant from being excellent, however it’s completely OK.

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Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp stated his facet had been removed from excellent in opposition to Mainz

“The kids forced for a result in the second half, and they got it, so I’m happy about that.

“We had to defend after all; organisation-wise it is not even shut to the place now we have to be, however how is that? When you are drained you attempt to deliver the most effective organisation potential on the pitch, it is by no means about 100 per cent. I feel the boys did that at this time, and so I’m completely satisfied

“Nobody injured, which is important, everybody came through, so fine.”

Klopp gave a correct debut to summer time signing Ibrahima Konate within the victory, however modified his complete facet at half-time, giving minutes to Billy Koumetio, Leighton Clarkson, Kaide Gordon, Owen Beck and Tyler Morton, having began Harvey Elliott from the off.

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“Harvey Elliott in the first half was really good. The kids are doing well I must say. I really enjoy watching them, and helping them to understand the game better, the position, they have to be brave otherwise it’s a waste of time.

“In our system, how we play, now we have to make the distinction in one-vs-one conditions, you get the ball, if you may make slightly distinction with slightly acceleration, swiftly the sport adjustments.

“We did that, Owen (Beck) did that in a couple of times, Kaide (Gordon) did it as well. We had good balls in behind for Divock (Origi). Billy (Koumetio) played his first game of pre-season, was OK as well, so all fine.”

Analysis: All eyes on Konate, however Keita and Gordon impress

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Kaide Gordon impressed for Liverpool in Austria

Sky Sports’ Gerard Brand

“Liverpool were never going to run rings around a side two weeks further in their preparation for the new season, and the old adage “performances do not matter in pre-season” is necessary here.

“This was a extremely uninteresting affair for giant components, missing in circulate and rhythm, however there have been a handful of issues Jurgen Klopp will likely be delighted with.

“Naby Keita, who needs to reignite his Liverpool career, was the brightest player in the first half, showing brilliant skill and close control on several occasions to get out of cul-de-sacs and create. Harvey Elliott, too, impressed, and was singled out by Klopp for praise.

“On his correct debut, all eyes had been additionally on Ibrahima Konate, and this was a 6/10 efficiency from the 22-year-old. A sloppy concession of possession, adopted by a superb restoration to win the ball again, nearly summed up his 45 minutes.

“The second half brought Liverpool’s average age down considerably, and though Owen Beck will get the plaudits for ‘setting up’ the own goal winner, 16-year-old Kaide Gordon impressed most.

“Gordon chased all the things, almost selling a howler from the Mainz goalkeeper as he pursued a again cross, appeared pacey and even produced a fairly excellent, daring dummy to create an opportunity for Divock Origi late on.

“It’s difficult to draw too many conclusions from two lots of 45 minutes, but Klopp’s glass was half full rather than half empty.”

What’s subsequent?

Liverpool face Hertha Berlin on Thursday July 29 at 7.20pm on the Tivoli Stadion Tirol in Innsbruck, Austria.

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