Liverpool fans react on Twitter to injury updates ahead of Merseyside derby
By Emma Sanders
Liverpool fans had mixed emotions on Twitter following Jurgen Klopp’s pre-match press conference on Friday morning after he delivered fitness updates on Daniel Sturridge, Joel Matip and Emre Can.
Sturridge has been absent for four weeks after picking up an injury in the 0-0 draw against Southampton in November but he could return to the squad on Monday evening for the Merseyside derby.
It’s unlikely he will start but Klopp stated Sturridge was a “maybe” to be included against Everton and that will certainly be a boost for the squad.
Klopp on Sturridge: "It's a maybe. He's closer to team training than last week. It's possible we could work with him today or tomorrow."
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) December 16, 2016
As well as Sturridge, Liverpool fans could see Can back in the first team after he was forced to miss the encounter against Middlesbrough on Wednesday evening.
It’s likely that he will be back in the side on Monday evening, which could mean the axe for Giorginio Wijnaldum, with Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Can all starting in midfield.
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Despite the positive news on Can and Sturridge it is not looking so good for Matip who is facing a battle to be named fit for the blockbuster clash.
Matip also missed the 3-0 victory on Wednesday night and he could be forced to sit out the Merseyside derby after Klopp stated his injury was still “painful.”
It means Ragnar Klavan could retain his place at centre-back alongside Dejan Lovren.
Here is a selection of the messages from Liverpool fans on Twitter:
Klopp confirms Sturridge, Can and Matip could feature in the squad for the Derby. Adds a lot more depth on the bench. #LFC
— Anfield Express (@AnfieldExpress) December 16, 2016
They say never change a winning team, but you'd bring Matip & Can back against Everton.More of a physical presence could be vital.#LFC.
— AnfieldUrchin (@AnfieldUrchin) December 16, 2016
Matip doubtful,Sturridge a 'maybe' and Can in a good way for the derby,would be nice if all of them could be included.#LFC
— Mohamed Ndiaye (@KloppRomantic) December 16, 2016
It's all good and it's a news we are waiting for, hope Emre and Sturridge could be on the pitch very soon #Lfc
— #LFC-Ghana (@FrankYeboahk) December 16, 2016
— annaliese (@annaliese2209) December 16, 2016
— Chris (@Chris2lfc68) December 16, 2016
Good to see Emre Can is fit and Sturridge is nearly there as well. Need options from the bench which we have missed recently.
— Firmino (@ZaanQadri) December 16, 2016
Can see Emre and Sturridge on the bench on Monday. Maybe give Matip more time
— Martin Turner (@Turner_LFC) December 16, 2016
Liverpool have enjoyed a strong start to the season and are currently sitting in second place in the league, ahead of Arsenal on goal difference.
However, they are six points behind leaders Chelsea and really need three points on Monday night in what is always a combustible fixture.
The good news for Liverpool is that they have history on their side – they haven’t lost a Merseyside derby since October 2010 when goals from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta secured the Toffees a 2-0 victory.
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