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Jurgen Klopp provides latest on Naby Keita/Chances of January signing Minamino featuring vs Everton


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has this evening provided an update on his squad, ahead of their meeting with Everton.

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The Reds are set to get their FA Cup campaign underway in 2 days’ time, in the tie of the 3rd-round.

Liverpool and Everton will play out the 2nd Merseyside derby in the space of a month at Anfield on Sunday, at 4pm.

It actually marks the 2nd time in 3 years that the two clubs have been pitted against one another at this stage of the competition, with Jurgen Klopp’s men having emerged victorious last time out.

Liverpool will head into proceedings in 48 hours’ time brimming with confidence, on the back of yet another Premier League win last night.

Goals from Mo Salah and Sadio Mane eased the European champions past Chris Wilder’s stubborn Sheffield United, a result which saw Liverpool extend their already-healthy advantage atop the English top-flight to a hefty 13 points.

Keita latest

One source of concern on an otherwise fine evening for Liverpool yesterday, though, came on the personnel front.

The player to have picked up an injury was Naby Keita.

Just moments before kick-off, the Guinean midfielder was replaced in the hosts’ starting XI by James Milner.

It was later confirmed that Keita had picked up a groin problem during Liverpool’s warm-up.

As such, speaking in his pre-Everton press conference this evening, Jurgen Klopp was inevitably drawn on the well-being of his side’s midfield dynamo.

The German, though, had little in terms of an update on Keita:

‘[We are] not wiser with Naby [yet] because he will have a scan today, I don’t know exactly when but somebody will then tell me the result of this. That didn’t happen yet.’

‘Let’s see’

Klopp was also asked whether his latest signing, Takumi Minamino, could be in line to make his debut versus Everton.

The Liverpool boss was keen to keep his cards close to his chest regarding the possibility, though:

‘Takumi is here and had three sessions with the team now, that’s not so much. But it’s football still.’

‘He had kind of time off when Salzburg went into the winter break, he had time off and we were not allowed to bring him here to train with us in that time. He was back in Japan, which was nice as well. He came here in a good shape. So, let’s see.’

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