Shaqiri clears the air on successive Liverpool controversies

Nathaniel Philipps

Nathaniel Philipps

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Chelsea qualified for the next round of the 2018 Carabao Cup after coming from behind to beat Premier League rivals Liverpool 2-1 on Wednesday night, September 26. "It was not a knock, Trent was a bit ill, but yesterday that looked pretty good", Klopp said on Friday.

Van Dijk has been a rock in Liverpool's defence since he signed back in January, and Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to play him in such a big game, but he has acknowledged that it would be a risk.

Saturday's game at Stamford Bridge is the flawless opportunity for the likes of Joe Gomez, Joel Matip or Dejan Lovren to step up. And if you miss a world class player, it's always not cool.

In the last play of the game, the Reds were awarded the free roughly 35 yards out from goal. It already sounds good, and we have to make sure it is good.

That minor instance showed just why the youngster is so highly rated at Anfield, and why Joel Matip has much work to do if he's to usurp the Englishman from Jurgen Klopp's perfectly balanced defensive setup.

Having initially been shut out of the game by the opposition, second-half substitute Hazard sparked into life and played a direct part in both late goals for his side.

While Van Dijk may be absent on Saturday, Klopp confirmed that defender Trent Alexander-Arnold and midfielder Gini Wijnaldum have shaken off injuries worries and will be available.

"But if we can send Mo into a one-on-one situation in the last situation of the game, it would have been not too bad".

With Van Dijk leading the Reds from the back, they have won all six of their Premier League matches this season as well as beating Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. "We scored the goal and could have scored before".

The two sides will now meet in the Carabao Cup tonight, and will hope to keep their unbeaten start to the 2018/19 campaign alive. "I don't know in the moment how but tomorrow I will know", the German tactician added.

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