Liverpool are set to name an unusual XI for their FA Cup match against Shrewsbury.
On Sunday, Liverpool will play Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup third round.
Liverpool could be given a double boost ahead of their FA Cup third-round clash with Shrewsbury Town on Sunday, with manager Jurgen Klopp set to return to the sidelines and defender Joel Matip set to return to action.
After testing positive for COVID-19, the pair were both ruled out of Liverpool’s Premier League match against Chelsea last Sunday.
Reds assistant coach Peter Krawietz addressed the media ahead of the match with the League One side, confirming the good news.
“We hope [Jurgen] will participate,” Krawietz said.
“He’s all right.
He will, we hope, be required to take tests as well.
“Joel Matip returned to training yesterday, but we’ll have to see if he’s available.”
On Thursday night, Liverpool was set to face Arsenal in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.
However, due to a virus outbreak at Liverpool’s training facility, the game was postponed.
The match against Shrewsbury is set to go ahead, though Liverpool may be forced to field an unusual lineup due to the absence of several first-team players due to COVID-19.
Leighton Clarkson, a young midfielder on loan from Blackburn Rovers, was recalled earlier this month.
And Krawietz admits that Liverpool will have to rely on their youth against the visitors on Sunday.
“I can’t give you exact figures,” the 50-year-old added.
“We have a squad and a team, and we’ll do everything we can to win this game.”
“One of our loan players has returned.
He’ll most likely join the team the following day.
We’ve looked almost everywhere for alternatives to this game.
We were able to assemble a team because we were able to find enough players.
“No one can come here because the training ground is closed.”
“During this time, we tried to keep in touch with our players, just as we did during lockdown.”
“Everyone is on their own, and we were able to find solutions for the players thanks to our fantastic working department.”
“Perhaps some of you could go for a run outside.”
We attempted to provide a program for those who could not go outside.
“We had a couple of Covid cases involving people under the age of 23.”
Now that some of them have returned, we can pick a team that can follow our football strategy.
“We want to play a good game tomorrow – compact, aggressive, attacking.
“Shrewsbury will be a difficult opponent.
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