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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp eager for good news as Naby Keita suffers injury

Jurgen Klopp has more injury worries
Jurgen Klopp has more injury worries

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for some good news on the fitness of midfielders Thiago Alcantara and Jordan Henderson in the next 24 hours after being struck down by yet more injury problems.

The defending Premier League champions underlined their enduring quality and will to win with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Leicester – setting a new club record of 64 unbeaten league matches at home – despite missing 10 members of his first-team squad.

But just as Klopp got Fabinho back from a three-week lay-off with a hamstring problem to play as an emergency centre-back he lost fellow midfielder Naby Keita to a similar injury.

And midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri did not even make the squad after it was discovered he had returned from international duty with yet another muscle problem.

With Wednesday’s Champions League visit of Atalanta offering the chance to secure qualification to the knockout phase with two matches still to play Klopp will hope either or both of Henderson, who came back from England duty with a thigh problem, and Thiago, having been sidelined by a knee problem since mid-October, can be available as he is still without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has not played after a knee injury in pre-season.

Without him his midfield options look fairly slim as, with James Milner filling in at right-back for the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold, 19-year-old academy graduate Leighton Clarkson made his first appearance in a match day squad against the Foxes after they learned of Shaqiri’s unavailability.

“Shaq had a muscle injury with the national team which he didn’t really realise,” said Klopp.

“He trained with us, we gave him a day off and then he came back and was involved in the session, but was not fully involved.

“After that he felt a little bit (of a problem). Then we did a scan and they found he has an injury from five or six days ago.

“Nobody knew about that, not even Shaq knew about it, but that’s how things sometimes are and so he was not able to be involved.

Mohamed Salah is likely to return to the squad after a negative Covid-19 test having tested positive on international duty with Egypt but in his absence summer signing Diogo Jota continued his hot streak.

A seventh goal in his last six club appearances saw him become the first Liverpool player to score in his first four home top-flight appearances.

“Yes, he’s a good player – that’s the reason why we signed him,” was Klopp’s assessment.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has injury problems of his own, although not to the extent of his successor at Liverpool.

He had hoped to have left-back Timothy Castagne back for the trip to Anfield but the Belgium international suffered a minor set-back in his recovery from a thigh injury.

“He had a few good

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Jurgen Klopp hopeful over fitness of Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara

Jurgen Klopp hopeful over fitness of Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara as Liverpool’s injury woes continue after losing both Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri to muscle issues

  • Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for good news on Jordan Henderson and Thiago
  • Liverpool were struck down by yet more injury problems in win over Leicester
  •  Naby Keita was forced off with a hamstring injury as Xherdan Shaqiri missed out

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for some good news on the fitness of midfielders Thiago Alcantara and Jordan Henderson in the next 24 hours after being struck down by yet more injury problems.

The defending Premier League champions underlined their enduring quality and will to win with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Leicester – setting a new club record of 64 unbeaten league matches at home – despite missing 10 members of his first-team squad.

But just as Klopp got Fabinho back from a three-week lay-off with a hamstring problem to play as an emergency centre-back he lost fellow midfielder Naby Keita to a similar injury. 

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be hopeful of a return to fitness for Jordan Henderson

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be hopeful of a return to fitness for Jordan Henderson

Thiago Alcantara has been missing for over a month after a horror challenge from Richarlison

Thiago Alcantara has been missing for over a month after a horror challenge from Richarlison

And midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri did not even make the squad after it was discovered he had returned from international duty with yet another muscle problem.

With Wednesday’s Champions League visit of Atalanta offering the chance to secure qualification to the knockout phase with two matches still to play Klopp will hope either or both of Henderson, who came back from England duty with a thigh problem, and Thiago, having been sidelined by a knee problem since mid-October, can be available as he is still without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has not played after a knee injury in pre-season.

Without him his midfield options look fairly slim as, with James Milner filling in at right-back for the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold, 19-year-old academy graduate Leighton Clarkson made his first appearance in a match day squad against the Foxes after they learned of Shaqiri’s unavailability. 

Jurgen Klopp has had to contend with a mounting injury list at Liverpool this season

Jurgen Klopp has had to contend with a mounting injury list at Liverpool this season

‘Shaq had a muscle injury with the national team which he didn’t really realise,’ said Klopp.

‘He trained with us, we gave him a day off and then he came back and was involved in the session, but was not fully involved.

‘After that he felt a little bit (of a problem). Then we did a scan and they found he has an injury from five or six days ago.

‘Nobody knew about that, not even Shaq knew about it, but that’s how things sometimes are and so he was not able to be involved.

Mohamed Salah is likely to return to the squad after a negative Covid-19 test having tested positive on international duty with Egypt but in his

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Who is Jurgen Klopp’s dentist? The smile specialist treating Liverpool’s stars

The German coach treated himself to a “really cool” hair transplant a number of years ago and recently had his teeth touched up as well

Jurgen Klopp has overseen a number of makeovers during his career, having revived the fortunes of Borussia Dortmund before bringing Liverpool back to the summit of English and European football.

He is the man who pioneered ‘Heavy Metal Football’ and champions the gegenpress at Anfield, doing so while sporting his own unique baseball-capped look on the touchline.

Klopp is not averse to personal makeovers either, admitting to getting a hair transplant in 2013 and anyone who has been paying attention will have noticed that his smile is brighter since arriving on Merseyside.

So who is the mastermind behind the German coach’s inimitable smile? Goal brings you all you need to know.

Who is Jurgen Klopp’s dentist?

Dr Robbie Hughes is Jurgen Klopp’s dentist and is responsible for the German’s new look. Dr Hughes owns the Dental Excellence practice, which is based in Liverpool.

In a 2019 interview with BBC Sport, Hughes said that Klopp got in touch with the Dental Excellence team after seeing the work they had done with Roberto Firmino’s teeth.

“Working with Jurgen Klopp came about because he saw Roberto’s new teeth and decided he wanted to do something,” Hughes said.

“When Jurgen came to see us, he basically just said he liked Roberto’s teeth, that he wouldn’t want to go quite as white, but he liked his teeth.”

Klopp subsequently denied Hughes’ version of events, insisting that he had been having problems with his teeth which required antibiotics and sought to address the issues by getting a treatment.

“It was not that I saw Bobby Firmino’s teeth and went ‘I want them!'” the Liverpool boss insisted in an interview with Soccer AM.

He added: “It’s a long procedure and I had to go to the toilet. When I went I looked in the mirror and they’re really small – I realised, that’s the point of never going back, you have to do it now.

“I mean I like them, but obviously it’s different. They feel comfortable, it’s all good.” 

Hughes has been working with Liverpool players for a number of years and his first involvement with the club was with Martin Skrtel, who played at Anfield from 2008 to 2016.

“The Liverpool connection started with a friend of mine, who was looking after Martin Skrtel at the time,” Hughes explained. 

“Martin had an incident on the training pitch and he needed some dental work, so my friend introduced me to Martin, we did some work and he was really happy.

“I think the next player to come was Lucas [Leiva], then Lucas introduced me to the Brazilians and it all went from there really.”

As noted, the player whose smile makeover is probably most notable is Roberto Firmino and the striker’s gleaming gnashers may well have inspired others on the team.

“Roberto just wanted a new smile,

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