Jurgen Klopp ‘has to play’ vs Spurs: ‘We have to fight to get through this’ – Liverpool FC

Liverpool are without four players for today’s match at Tottenham due to positive covid tests, plus four more due to illness or injury.

But, speaking before the game in London, Klopp confirmed that the club had not requested a postponement and said that “we have to fight to get through this.”

The manager last week said he was unsure whether the so-called ‘circuit breakers’ that postponed the match would be beneficial, with the situation not likely to go away in a week or a month’s time.

Liverpool lost Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones before Thursday’s game against Newcastle, and Klopp explains how Thiago tested positive on Saturday – the day the team traveled to London.

Meanwhile, Jordan Henderson also recovered from illness, while Nat Phillips and Harvey Elliott Still out due to injury.

Missing his first-choice midfield, Klopp took a proactive approach, bringing in teenager Tyler Morton for him Premier League debuted with Naby Keita and James Milner – none of them have started for more than a month due to injury.

“I’m happy to be playing,” Klopp told Sky Sports before the game. “I think we have to fight to get through this. But again, there’s next week [if] If we lose the next player and the other player, then the 26th and 28th don’t work.

“I’m happy with playing as much as I can, but we need help.”

Liverpool is expected to play at home to Leeds on December 26 and go to Leicester on the 28th – more positive cases will definitely bring those games into jeapordy.

That Van Dijk and Fabinho Testing positive on the morning of the 16th means they seem out vs. Leeds, while Thiago out both Leeds and Leicester.

The next game after that is Chelsea (go) on January 2nd.

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