By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has provided an injury update on midfielder Marko Grujic, and defensive duo Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip.
Grujic suffered in a collision with Chelsea youngster Bertrand Traore, which saw the young midfielder concussed, while Klavan was on the end of a nasty challenge from Cesc Fabregas, which saw the Chelsea midfielder receive a straight red card. Liverpool lost the game 1-0.
New Reds signing Matip also picked up an injury in a pre-season match, but he sat out the Chelsea game with the ankle problem he picked up nine days prior against Wigan.
Liverpool fans will be pleased to hear that Klavan hasn’t suffered any lasting injuries, while Matip is expected to be back at the start of the season. Grujic is currently in hospital with a head injury, but is expected to return soon.
“The biggest problem for me in this moment is that Marko Grujic is in hospital, because he can’t remember anything. That’s not too cool,” said Klopp in a media conference after the game. (Quotes from Liverpoolfc.com)
“Hopefully it’s not too serious but of course a young boy in this situation is not too cool. Injuries after games like this in pre-season is the biggest problem obviously.
“I expect him (Matip) to start the season, but for this, he has to train a little bit more. The first two-and-a-half weeks were really good, he became better and better and then he was out.
“Now I think it is a week or more he has been out. He was in a training group today and hopefully he can be back in team training as soon as possible. The season start at this moment is not in doubt.”
Matip and Klavan joined the club this summer from Schalke and Augsburg respectively.
20-year-old midfielder Grujic agreed to sign for the Anfield club in January and spent the second half of last season on loan at his former club Red Star Belgrade.
Klopp will be keen to ensure that his team doesn’t suffer any serious injuries this pre-season, as he looks to return the English giants to Europe’s elite competition, the Champions League.
In other Liverpool team news, Klopp wants the Reds to win the International Champions Cup.