[SOUTHAFRICA] Klopp can’t explain Clyne’s Liverpool absence

As defensive injuries mount for , manager Jurgen has struggled to account for the of fullback Nathaniel Clyne.

Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s trip to the south coast to face Bournemouth Klopp claimed that Clyne’s absence was tough to but the bottom line is that he is not available.

Joe Gomez broke his leg in the midweek triumph over Burnley at Turf Moor and faces up to six weeks on the sideline while Dejan Lovren has suffered a concussion and won’t be available until at least the Champions League fixture against Napoli next week.

Of Clyne, who has made just one appearance for Liverpool this season, Klopp said: “He’s not available. It is too complicated to explain what he’s done but it’s nothing ruptured and nothing broken.”

Klopp felt Burnley were too enthusiastic in sliding in to tackles against his Reds on Wednesday but stopped short of blaming Ben Mee for the injury to Gomez.

“Sliding tackles are all different,” Klopp said. “It’s one thing to block the ball, you clear the ball without, like bowling, and you take the player. It’s possible you can slide in, take the ball and everything is fine.

“Being aggressive for me, my understanding, is the readiness to hurt yourself and not the other player. I understand 100 per cent that Mee did not want to injure Joe. Maybe that was the cleanest tackle of all.”

Liverpool and Manchester City remain unbeaten after 15 games but Klopp says that he has given little thought to emulating Arsenal’s invincibles of 2003-04.

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He added:

“I don’t know. Wasn’t it Arsenal who last did it? It’s very exceptional. Obviously it’s very difficult. Without luck, no chance. With a lot of luck, probably you have a chance. But we don’t think about that.

“You would then think about games in January and February and we have enough to do now.”

Klopp is wary of Liverpool being distracted by the title race and not putting adequate focus on the games they are involved in.

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He went on:

“We expect them [City] to win all the time apart from the games against us. We have only to try to play the best season we can play, whatever that means.

“You cannot play against two teams – the one on the other side of the pitch and the one in your mind. That doesn’t work. Whatever they get at the end of the season, they probably deserve. It will be the same for us.

“The good thing with this number of games in a short period is we have a lot of opportunities to win. We will try that. The week coming up now is crazy – Bournemouth, Napoli and Man United. That’s a massive week again and we have already had a few. That is our life and we love it.”

Liverpool and Bournemouth meet in Saturday’s early Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium.

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Originally Authored By: James Richardson

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