The Liverpool boss was delighted to reveal that every member of the Reds’ midfield is fully fit and available for the Champions League clash away at Portuguese outfit Porto
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has explained how he now has decisions to make as every member of his midfield has been declared fully fit and available to feature against Porto in matchday two of the Champions League group stage campaign.
Klopp told the media during his pre-match presser that it is a rare moment where the entire midfield are not carrying any knocks, though did go on to reveal that he has no ‘first-choice’ midfield line-up in his mind until he has seen his stars in training.
Remarkably – Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, Curtis Jones, Fabinho, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all available for selection.
“In midfield it’s a rare moment they are all fit and I have to make a few decisions.
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“And then it is about the players who are involved in the three or the four or whatever in terms of the midfielders we line up with.
“You can only do that in the training sessions and it’s not criticism, it’s just the way it is. Even when you’re really good in training you have to be especially good to be one of the three to make the last line-up.”
The Reds boss went on to pinpoint the performance of Jones last time out, the 20-year-old enjoying a stellar display away at Brentford on Saturday evening – notching Liverpool’s third goal in the dramatic 3-3 draw.
Klopp was pressed on what Jones has to do to become a mainstay in the Liverpool midfield – to which the German boss simply explained how he must recreate his heroics from last weekend on a regular basis.
“The last game against Brentford was a pretty good example, that’s how Curtis has to play, that consistently, that’s how it is,” the 54-year-old said.
“Defensively he was really good, he won a lot of important balls, he was involved in the attack and he scored a wonderful goal.
“He can score exactly the same goal with his left foot, which makes him pretty special.
“So yes, he can play like this and better obviously and everything is fine. That’s the situation.”
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Klopp gave an insight into how he keeps a watchful eye over his stars and how Jones will nail down a spot in the first-team for good.
“In the few sessions, I watch the details closely and it’s not difficult but it is if you like and that is what Curtis has to do and he is doing that.
“Sometimes the decisions are not against him, but in favour of another player and that is it, but performances like the last one help for sure for more game time.”