Liverpool to assess Alexis Mac Allister but Andy Robertson ‘still not close’ – Jurgen Klopp

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Liverpool are still waiting connected nan fittingness of Alexis Mac Allister arsenic nan wounded database continues to turn up of Monday’s crippled pinch Newcastle United.

The midfielder has been targeting a return for nan New Year’s Day conflict but will beryllium intimately assessed successful nan days up arsenic he continues to retrieve from a knee injury.

Jurgen Klopp says he was hopeful connected Mac Allister but that it is excessively soon to foretell whether he will feature.

Liverpool are already debased connected numbers, particularly successful defence, and will beryllium supported by immoderate of nan club’s brightest youngsters successful nan weeks ahead.

With Kostas Tsimikas (broken collarbone) joining Andy Robertson (shoulder) connected nan sidelines, location is simply a peculiar shortage astatine left-back and Klopp has already stressed really Joe Gomez cannot play each minute, truthful Luke Chambers and Calum Scanlon whitethorn beryllium called upon if needed.

Tsimikas will beryllium retired for a agelong play alongside centre-half Joel Matip and Robertson is not owed backmost until astatine slightest nan extremity of January.

Andy Robertson is still not fresh to return (Getty Images)

“Robbo still needs much scope successful his shoulder,” Klopp said.

“He’s still not moreover adjacent to squad training. There’s a agelong measurement to spell for sure, but I deliberation for January he will get person and closer.

“As for Macca we will spot what he tin do coming if he tin measurement into squad training aliases not.”

Midfielders Thiago and Stefan Bajcetic are nary person to returning either, pinch Klopp saying: “Thiago is successful a bully infinitesimal but we person to make judge we don’t usage him excessively soon.

“He could person easy trained but it’s each astir really he tin beryllium backmost successful nan agelong word and that’s what we’re moving on.

“With Stefan we person to beryllium sensible. It’s because of his growth, we person to beryllium careful. For illustration he could train tomorrow fully, and past tomorrow, but past not for 4 aliases 5 weeks. It’s a aesculapian determination and that’s what makes it annoying for him.”

Monday’s crippled against Newcastle will besides beryllium Mo Salah’s last outing earlier he departs for nan Africa Cup of Nations, while Wataru Endo is owed to correspond Japan successful nan Asian Cup.

Asked if he has a scheme for up to 7 games without Salah, Klopp added: “Each agelong word scheme I could person had depends massively connected who is available
“It’s not nan first clip that we person mislaid Mo. We had it earlier erstwhile Sadio (Mane) and Mo near and usually astatine slightest 1 of those went very acold successful nan competition, and we recovered.

“We knew it was coming truthful we person to woody pinch it and we will.”

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