Liverpool handed double boost after Joel Matip comeback and loan return

Liverpool handed double boost after Joel Matip comeback and loan return
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Joel Matip was acquitted of Liverpool’s involvement against Shrewsbury on Sunday after returning to training on Friday.

However, assistant coach Peter Krawetz was unable to provide an update on Alisson Becker or Roberto Firmino, who were also self-isolating in last week’s Chelsea draw.

The Reds drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge without Matip, Firmino or Alisson after the trio tested positive for Covid-19 along with coach Jurgen Klopp before the match last Sunday.

The AXA center in Liverpool was closed for 48 hours on Wednesday afternoon after the outbreak again before setting up a training session for those unaffected when the base reopens on Friday.

One of these was Matip who is now competing against the League One team in the third round of the FA Cup.

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When asked about the three players at Saturday afternoon’s press conference, Krawietz was only able to point to a possible Matip inclusion.

“Joel Matip is back in training again and we have to see if he’s available for tomorrow or not,” said Krawetz, who replaced Pep Leanders after the Dutchman tested positive on Tuesday evening.

ECHO understands Leighton Clarkson is another person to emerge after his loan spell with Blackburn Rovers was cut short last week.

The 20-year-old midfielder joined his boyhood squad last summer, but made just seven appearances for Rovers before they confirmed his return to the parent club.

Clarkson made his debut against Shrewsbury in nearly two years and likely will be on his way to another first-team game against Steve Cotterell’s men this weekend.

“First of all, of course, the situation with the players on loan is that we only have one player on loan and he is likely to join the team tomorrow,” Krawitz said.

“I cannot speak of names, please understand my situation, I cannot speak of it.

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“Of course we are looking for options for this match tomorrow, almost everywhere but we have found enough players to build a squad and have a squad for tomorrow.

“It’s going to be an interesting game tomorrow. I’ve already told you I think Shrewsbury is a good team, and they’re going to try to cause us problems.

“So our job is to find solutions and find our way to play the ball we want.

“We have the idea to dominate and win the ball as quickly as possible.

“We still have the idea of ​​playing forward, finding the final positions and that’s what we’ll try but we know it’s going to be difficult.”


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