Klopp delivers latest Liverpool injury update ahead of Exeter clash
Jurgen Klopp reveals Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan could face Exeter City at St James's Park
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Jon Flanagan could be in contention to make his first Liverpool appearance since 2014 when the Reds host Exeter City on Wednesday night.
The Liverpool right-back has been sidelined with a knee injury since the end of the 2013/14 season before the 22-year-old required further surgery on the problem at the start of the season.
He is not [ready] for the starting line-up, but if nothing happens and he feels good then he will be on the bench
Flanagan is facing increased competition for a starting spot after Liverpool signed Nathaniel Clyne in a £12m deal from Southampton in the summer transfer window.
Speaking at his pre-match media conference ahead of the visit of Exeter City in the FA Cup third-round replay at Anfield on Wednesday night, Klopp delivered an update on Flanagan’s progress.
“Jon is in a really good way and we’re all happy about this,” Klopp said.
“As a manager you can decide a lot but not all, so that means the medical department decided that he didn’t train yesterday with us. He will train today with us.
“He is not [ready] for the starting line-up, but if nothing happens and he feels good then he will be on the bench. If there is a situation then we will bring him [on], of course. It has really been a long time for him.
“I think now it’s the first step back for him to breathe in and feel Anfield; being back in the dressing room, not in a suit but a tracksuit, so it’s a good, good step for him. If nobody tells me something different, he will be in the squad.”
Klopp fielded a youthful starting XI for their 2-2 draw with Exeter at St James’s Park earlier this month.
The Liverpool manager confirmed that he is likely to place his faith in the club’s academy players on Wednesday night.
“There are different things we have to talk about and it is not always injury situations,” Klopp added.
“We’ve had a few players in the squads for the games against Manchester United and Arsenal that were injured a few weeks ago.
“We have to think about for who it makes sense and for who it’s not too dangerous or difficult to start again. We have to build a squad with players who are in a situation to win the game, to help us, where there’s not too much doubt about [recurring] injuries and things like this.
“That’s the first thing we have to think about before the Exeter game, so it will be a similar team to last time.”