Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has effectively ruled out goalkeeper Alisson Becker and forward Diogo Jota from this weekend’s FA Community Shield clash against Manchester City.
The Community Shield clash is played between the Premier League Champions and FA Cup winners. This year, it will be taking place at Leicester city’s home ground, The King Power stadium, on Saturday, 30th July.
Becker has been struggling with an unspecified injury and hasn’t played a match since Liverpool’s 4-0 pre-season loss to Manchester United. The Brazilian international has returned to training but will not be risked for the upcoming clash against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
As quoted by AP, Klopp said that the shotstopper will be available for Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Fulham on 6th August but will not be available for the upcoming weekend.
“Ali trained today more than the day before, so he will definitely be available for Fulham, but not for the weekend,” said Klopp.
In terms of Jota, the news was less positive as the Portuguese forward could be out for sometime and miss Liverpool’s start to the new Premier League campaign.
Jota has a hamstring injury and hasn’t been with the Liverpool squad’s training camp in Austria.
“Diogo is not here with us so how could he play a football game? It will take a while, unfortunately,” said Klopp.
Since the Premier League campaign this year will be starting earlier than usual, the Liverpool manager said that he didn’t get enough time to prepare in pre-season.
The Merseyside club has a friendly planned against Stratsburg on Sunday, a day after the Community Shield clash. The German tactician said that they may have to extend their preseason
“We have to extend our preseason, if you like, into the season,” said Klopp.
The Liverpool manager also stressed the importance of the Community Shield clash, saying that it would be nice to win it as it is one domestic cup that has eluded the team.
“It’s very important. We have played this ‘final’ a couple of times and it would be nice if we could win it. It’s the last domestic cup competition we didn’t win yet, so we will give it a try,” said Klopp.
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