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City won't be rattled by Reds pursuit, says Klopp

08 December 2018
City won't be rattled by Reds pursuit, says Klopp

Joe Gomez has been ruled out for six weeks after suffering a leg fracture during the midweek win over Burnley to leave Klopp with only two fit senior centre-backs.

"That was really important because Trent is still a young boy and we can not push him through 20 games in a row".

Bournemouth welcome Liverpool to the Vitality Stadium this coming Saturday in what is the early kick off in the Premier League.

"I was a bit confused", Dyche stated ahead of Burnley's clash with Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

And, while acknowledging the disappointment of losing the England worldwide during such a busy time of the season, Klopp has backed him to play an important role in his side once again following his recovery.

Dejan Lovren is not available against Bournemouth due to concussion while Nathaniel Clyne is also not available, meaning Joel Matip should start in central defence with Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back.

"For us he was in outstanding shape and he helped us a lot, especially because we could make these changes with Trent and Joe".

Naby Keita should be included once more after he played his best game in a Liverpool shirt against Burnley. We will see what we will do but we have other options of course.

That should give Solanke hope that all is not lost this season and it's easy to forget he did play 27 times in the senior team last season under Klopp.

Senegal worldwide Sadio Mane is also unavailable as he recovers from a cut on his foot that required several stitches after last Sunday's 1-0 victory over Everton. Nothing serious, but not in training and so not available.

Gomez was clattered into the advertising hoardings at Turf Moor after Mee's tackle and Klopp criticised referee Stuart Attwell for being too lenient with Burnley's players.

"Daniel Sturridge is no cheat". I'm not sure if he spoke about the challenge of [Phil] Bardsley on Alberto Moreno.

"It was a normal situation which can happen, sometimes a striker expects a tackle and tries to avoid it by jumping?"