LFC fitness update: Klopp on Konate, Ramsay, Matip and Napoli selection

NewsLFC fitness update: Klopp on Konate, Ramsay, Matip and Napoli selection

Published 31st October 2022

Ibrahima Konate and Calvin Ramsay are available to play in Liverpool's Champions League meeting with Napoli, Jürgen Klopp has confirmed.

Konate is closing in on a return to the pitch, having been an unused substitute in the Reds' last two fixtures after recovering from injury. 

Meanwhile, summer arrival Ramsay could feature in Tuesday's Anfield occasion – in what would represent his first-team debut for the club. 

Matchday six in Group A, however, does come too soon for Joel Matip.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Klopp said: "We will see. Ibou, I think there's a good chance that he will have a game. 

"And with Calvin, we have to see. That makes now no sense if we have to change a lot of players to bring Calvin in for his first senior [appearance]. Coming on, yeah, for sure – these kind of things should be possible. 

"But again, I'm sorry that I don't have more information but that's how it is, one-and-a-half days after a game. That's my situation always, you just usually don't face the press then. 

"So we have to wait a little bit but then in the moment when we know who is ready, then we will make sure that these boys are ready for a proper fight."

Asked if Matip was available, Klopp told a pre-match press conference: "No."

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On his general team selection for the game, the boss said: "Yes, the chance to react is always good but in this specific situation we have to see a little bit because I stand here and I have no idea who we can line up tomorrow night. 

"So that's our situation and obviously we qualified last week against Ajax, which was extremely good and extremely helpful. But we had, even when we lost it, a pretty intense game against Leeds and now we have to see. 

"So yesterday was recovery, we heard already a couple of knocks here and there – nothing serious but we will see. 

"And Napoli, I'm not sure [if] you follow the Italian league but if you do, then they're in a good shape, in a good form. So they're probably the team in form in Europe in the moment, to be 100 per cent honest. 

"So that will be a tough cookie but we, of course, want to show a reaction and we just need to have a look with who we can do that."

Published 31st October 2022