Klopp delivers latest Liverpool injury update ahead of Man City clash
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is out injured for the visit of Man City
Jurgen Klopp has ruled Lucas Leiva out of Liverpool’s clash against Manchester City on Wednesday night.
The Brazil international was the Merseyside outfit’s standout player in their League Cup final defeat at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.
Lucas excelled in an unorthodox centre-half role alongside first Mamadou Sakho and then Kolo Toure against Manchester City.
The Brazilian missed his spot-kick in Liverpool’s 3-1 penalty shootout defeat and Klopp revealed that the midfielder picked up an injury when he took his attempt to compound the 28-year-old’s misery.
“We have to wait for a few things, but it doesn’t look too good with Lucas – he will not be available,” Klopp told his pre-match media conference.
“He had problems with a muscle when he shot the penalty, so I think he is not available. We have to wait, but I don’t think so.”
Sakho was forced off in the first half of the Wembley showpiece after an aerial collision with his own team-mate, Emre Can.
And Klopp admitted that he is unsure over the severity of the France international’s problem.
Klopp added: “With Mama, I don’t know exactly. We had to make a decision in the moment on the sidelines.
“I think it was the right decision but until now I have heard nothing about the real issue, so I have to wait for the final judgement of the Doc.”
Liverpool drew 1-1 with City after 90 minutes after Philippe Coutinho cancelled out Fernandinho’s opener.
The Reds were 4-1 winners against Manuel Pellegrini’s side in the Premier League earlier this season.
Liverpool are nine points behind fourth-placed City in the race to secure a top-four finish.