Jurgen Klopp gives latest Liverpool injury update on defender
The Liverpool manager delivers an injury update on England defender Nathaniel Clyne
Jurgen Klopp is optimistic that Nathaniel Clyne will be available for Liverpool’s home clash against Swansea City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
The England international was forced to sit out Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Jurgen Klopp started 18-year-old Trent Alexander Arnold at right-back in the absence of Clyne and the teenager did well against Anthony Martial.
The former Southampton man has been ever present at full-back in the Premier League this term after a return of two assists in 20 top-flight games.
Speaking at his pre-match media conference ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Plymouth Argyle in their third-round replay on Wednesday night, Klopp provided an update on Clyne’s fitness status.
“It’s getting better. With Nathaniel, it was a muscle between the ribs. Everybody who has ever bruised their ribs knows OK, sometimes you think it’s better broken,” Klopp said.
“It’s really painful, but now we know after a scan that there is nothing else and each day helps him to settle and get back on the pitch, if you want. So we give him for sure, we have to, two or three more days and then hopefully he can start running and all that stuff.
“He is, how everyone can imagine – he made nearly all the games since I’m in and before, probably, [he’s] one of the hardest we have so the first second when it’s possible, he’s out there. He has a big chance, I think, for Swansea.”
Liverpool are in third place in the Premier League table and seven points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
The Reds will host Swansea in their next top-flight fixture on Saturday afternoon as Klopp’s side look to get back to winning ways.