By Alex Stevens
Emre Can will once again be absent for Liverpool when they take on Chelsea in Friday night’s Premier League showdown.
Manager Jurgen Klopp revealed at his media conference on Wednesday afternoon that the Germany international has still not recovered from the ankle that has sidelined him in the opening month of the season.
But Dejan Lovren is in line for a recall after missing the 4-1 win over Leicester last Saturday with a facial injury.
Liverpool Echo journalist quoted Klopp on his personal Twitter account as saying the Croatian centre-back is available for the clash at Stamford Bridge but Can won’t play as he needs more training.
“We need to make him fit like Mama,” said Klopp of Can, referring to his injured Liverpool team-mate Mamadou Sakho.
Klopp says Lovren is available. But Can won’t play as he needs more training. “We need to make him fit like Mama.”
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) September 14, 2016
Can has started only one of Liverpool’s five matches this season, the EFL Cup hammering of Burton, and has not been involved in three of the four league encounters.
By contrast, Lovren has started four of the Merseysiders’ five games, missing only the match against Leicester last weekend, when he was replaced in the starting XI by Lucas Leiva.
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