Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool star may not be fit to play against Chelsea

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned that key defender Virgil van Dijk may not be fit enough to play in his side’s Premier League clash away at Chelsea on Saturday.

The imposing Dutchman was taken off early in the second half of last week’s comfortable 3-0 win over Southampton with a rib injury.

Van Dijk sat out the Reds’ Carabao Cup defeat to Maurizio Sarri’s side in midweek and, according to Klopp, remains a doubt for the visit to Stamford Bridge.

The German admitted in his press conference on Friday that he has total faith in Liverpool’s other defenders to fill the void.

‘Virgil is a world class player and if you miss him it’s not cool. Dejan Lovren made his first game after the World Cup, most of the time he was that injured he couldn’t think about training but he was outstanding.

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‘Joel Matip has been incredible twice in a row and both full backs hadn’t played before that game. These boys did a really good game.

‘If Virgil is fit, he will play but if not we have options and that’s really good. His impact is always obvious but we could play football before Virgil came and can play after Virgil but I prefer that he is fit and available.

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