Date: 24th November 2017 at 9:52am
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Which players are likely to be unavailable when Liverpool take on Chelsea this weekend?…

Jürgen Klopp expects to have Joël Matip available again after a knock forced him to sit out the previous two matches.

Given Liverpool’s second half implosion against Sevilla in midweek, the former Schalke centre-back is likely to go straight back into the starting X1 if passed fit.

Speaking to the official website prior to the Champions League fixture at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Klopp remarked: “The squad looks good. They are pretty much all here from the normal squad, apart from Joel. He is in Liverpool and full training, so all good.

“He is good. I think there will be a big chance he will be ready for Saturday, but there was no chance for this game – it was a little bit too quick, but it’s all good.”

His assessment means, barring any unknown problems sustained during the trip to Andalusia, long-term back injury casualty Nathaniel Clyne is now the only notable absentee.

Possible Liverpool X1
Possible Liverpool X1

England colleague Adam Lallana (thigh) could finally see his first competitive action of the season after returning to full training prior to last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Southampton.

Selection wise, Simon Mignolet will return between the sticks, while Trent Alexander-Arnold could be recalled at right-back. Klopp could also choose to rest Sadio Mané and bring in either Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or beef up his central midfield with Emre Can.

Visitors Chelsea are also enjoying a relatively clean bill of health at present with only Michy Batshuayi (ankle) and one-time Reds loanee Victor Moses (hamstring) considered doubts ahead of this fixture.

Neither side has anyone absent through suspension.

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