Selection issues for Klopp ahead of Sunday’s opener

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is sweating over the fitness of five players ahead of Sunday's Premier League opener at home to West Ham.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is sweating over the fitness of five players ahead of Sunday’s Premier League opener at home to West Ham.

Summer signing Fabinho, captain Jordan Henderson and the defensive trio of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are all struggling with knocks and will be assessed closer to the time.

However, the Reds will definitely be without Croatia international Dejan Lovren and Estonian centre-back Ragnar Klavan for the clash at Anfield as both players continue to work their way back to full fitness.

During Friday’s pre-match press conference at Melwood, Klopp said: ‘The [Fabinho’s] scan was clear. It was only a check-up and the scan was clear, but he felt ill when he came back so we sent him home again. Obviously, he was not feeling really well so we sent him home again and I didn’t see him so far and I didn’t ask anybody, so we will see.

‘They [Henderson, Alexander-Arnold and Lovren] are all in a different shape, if you want. Trent is a bit longer in, which is good, Hendo in and full of power but not too long in – now three or four days, but it’s Hendo so you always think about him. Dejan will not be available for the weekend, that’s how it is.

‘Ragnar, no real chance, he didn’t train. Joel did yesterday parts of training like Joe did – we will see how they are today.’

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