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Sheffield United v Liverpool team news | Adrian starts, no Jota in the squad

Ciaran Bradley
Ciaran Bradley

18:29 28 Feb 2021

Liverpool are without their first two choices of goalkeeper, as Adrian and Caoimhin Kelleher both miss out for their match with Sheffield United.

Liverpool fans are set to be treated to Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips at centre-back, as Jordan Henderson's groin injury looks set to sideline him for at least several weeks.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was quietly confident that Diogo Jota would appear in some capacity for the Reds, but he does not even make the bench,

"Diogo trained now twice with the team, looks very good – very good," Klopp said at his Friday news conference, "But [he] was out long term so we have to see what we can do with that.

"But in training he looks really promising."

Klopp was less forthcoming about a potential return of Fabinho. The Brazilian sustained a muscle injury in the 4-1 hammering at the hands of Manchester City earlier in the month.

"Fab was not yet with the team," the manager said, "That can happen tomorrow, if I’m 100% right, he has his first session with the team.

"And same for James Milner. That’s it, all the others are long-term.”

But Klopp insists those long-term absentees have plenty to offer the side in terms of influence.

Virgil van Dijk has been a keen observer of Liverpool's recent outings at Anfield as he continues his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury.

And the same will be true of captain Jordan Henderson, who will be on the shelf until early April following a groin operation.

"They all have to be influential, that’s clear," Klopp said.

"We have so many injured players who are not available in the moment and most of them are leaders in this group.

“They are here doing their rehab - Hendo is not here yet, but Virgil, Millie, Joe and Joel all have to be influential here and that’s what they will be.

"In the moment Hendo is back [in Kirkby] he has to play this role while doing his rehab.

“The best-case scenario, I don’t know. It’s not a quick one, but we all hope there’s a possibility for him to play a few games this season. We will see.”

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