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Jurgen Klopp provides update on Alisson, Fabinho and Diogo Jota availability for Liverpool’s clash with Chelsea


Liverpool beat Sheffield United to bring an end to a miserable run of four league defeats (Picture: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp expects to have Alisson and Fabinho back for Liverpool’s upcoming heavyweight clash with Chelsea and is hopeful Diogo Jota could also feature at Anfield on Thursday.

Alisson played no part in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United following the tragic death of his father, Jose, in the week.

Adrian came in to replace the Brazil goalkeeper at Bramall Lane as Curtis Jones’ 48th-minute strike and Kean Bryan’s own goal ended Liverpool’s miserable run of four successive defeats in the Premier League.

Jota suffered another setback ahead of the game (Picture: Getty)

Jota had looked set to make his return for the champions after recovering from a serious knee injury but the Portuguese picked up an illness overnight and was not considered, while Fabinho was also absent.

The versatile Brazilian, who has been filling in at centre-half for much of the campaign, has been sidelined with a muscle problem since Liverpool’s thumping defeat to Manchester City.

Asked whether the trio could return to face Chelsea at his post-match press conference, Klopp replied: ‘Alisson and Fabinho, I’m pretty sure [will be available].

‘With Diogo, he was with us in the hotel, but he got sick overnight and we had to send him home.

‘It depends how quick he will recover, obviously. He was in the squad and as I said before, he trained with the team and it all looked really good but unfortunately he got sick overnight.

‘I think he will be available but I don’t know.’

Jones broke Sheffield United’s resistance shortly after half-time (Picture: Getty)

On the significance of Liverpool’s victory, Klopp said: ‘It’s very big.

‘We needed the points, obviously, to get kind of in contact with the teams above us so it was very important.’

The German said he never doubted the spirit and togetherness of his squad despite the heavy criticism they have faced in recent weeks.

‘I was never in doubt about the togetherness of this team,’ he added.

‘The world is like this: we win a game and we show togetherness for everybody. We don’t win a game and people guess we are not together. It’s not as easy as that.

‘But it was another special week and it’s a very nice touch from Curtis [dedicating his goal to Alisson] but it was clear that it will be like this, that we try our everything for Ali.’

On Jones’ man-of-the-match display, Klopp continued: ‘There’s a lot to come from Curtis so the potential is exceptional.

‘We had a lot of talks this week, especially with video sessions as well, and we showed him just that he has to be more in his decisive areas because he’s very good with the ball, he controls the game really well.

‘That’s all really good but a player with his quality, we need him finishing situations as well.

‘Tonight that worked out really well so I’m happy about that.’

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