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Liverpool vs West Ham: Klopp rules out two key players

Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk
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The Reds will not see anyone of their injured players back this weekend.

Liverpool will host West Ham in their next league game on Saturday. The Reds are on a nearly impossible mission of leapfrogging Manchester City and going on top of the league table.

However, they will have to face the Hammers without two of their key players. In a pre-match press conference, Jurgen Klopp ruled out Thiago Alcantara and Joel Matip for the upcoming game.

 “Strength in depth is really important, no doubt about that, especially when you have to play different competitions,” the Liverpool boss told a press conference. “But we have players who are not available.

“I’m pretty sure that nobody will tell me differently because yesterday he didn’t train, Thiago will not be available for tomorrow.

“Joel Matip is ill – no Covid, nowadays you can be ill in different ways as well – so he will not be available.

“So all of a sudden, we played a tough game midweek, all these kind of things, so we still wait a little bit for who is how in which moment.”

Given their incredible form in recent weeks, the Reds are the bookmakers’ favourites to win the game. However, the absence of Thiago and Matip might inspire the Hammers to surprise them at Anfield.