More Liverpool players set to miss Community Shield vs Man City as injury crisis hits the Reds

More Liverpool players set to miss Community Shield vs Man City as injury crisis hits the Reds
More Liverpool players set to miss Community Shield vs Man City as injury crisis hits the Reds

Liverpool aim to bag the first piece of silverware up for grabs when they take on Manchester City in the Community Shield on Saturday (17.00 BST).

Although the fixture is often seen as more of a friendly than a competitive clash, the Reds will probably aim to gain some momentum before their Premier League season-opening match against Fulham in a week.

They will no doubt want to overcome their modern-day rivals City at Leicester’s King Power Stadium, especially after Pep Guardiola’s men narrowly edged them by one point to the title last season.

However, Jurgen Klopp is still concerned about a number of injuries at this early stage of the season.

Alisson Becker’s chances of playing has already been ruled out by the Liverpool manager.

After experiencing a setback during the Reds’ tour of the Far East earlier this month, the Brazilian has been absent from the last three friendly matches.

There are further problems in the goalkeeping position as Caoimhin Kelleher’s did not play in the pre-season.

The Republic of Ireland international reported back for training but did not travel with the rest for the training camps in either Asia or Austria.

This means that No.3 Adrian, will probably keep playing between the posts.

Alisson will be available for the Fulham game as confirmed by Jurgen Klopp after training on Thursday.

Alisson Becker

Another person who won’t be involved is Diogo Jota. The striker, who had 21 goals last season, is dealing with a hamstring issue that he first experienced while on international duty with Portugal last month.

Jota did not make the Austria trip and neither did Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the training camp, which virtually rules out their chances of making an appearance.

Just before half-time of the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in Singapore, the midfielder sadly complained of a muscle injury.

Calvin Ramsay, who joined the Reds earlier this summer after moving from Aberdeen for about £6.5 million, has not yet played for the team.

Despite the fact that the 18-year-old travelled to Austria with the team, Klopp has admitted that Liverpool are being cautious with him.

17-year-old Kaide Gordon has also been with the Reds team this week but is sidelined.

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