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Liverpool work out in new state-of-the-art training complex missing Mo Salah and injured stars - in pictures

Manager Jurgen Klopp facing growing fitness problems ahead of clash with Premier League leaders Leicester

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp continues to battle an injury crisis which is worsening by the week as the Premier League champions return after the international break.

England international Joe Gomez was the latest to be added to the list and his knee injury could potentially rule him out for the rest of the season.

With Virgil Van Dijk also a long-term casualty, Klopp is down to one senior centre-back in Joel Matip, while Trent Alexander-Arnold's continued absence with a calf problem means Klopp will be able to field only one of his first-choice back four against leaders Leicester on Sunday.

Liverpool stars including Sadio Mane, Andrew Robertson and Adrian prepared for the Leicester game at their new state-of-the-art facility in Kirkby after leaving their old training ground at Melwood.

The Reds boss is also waiting for the return of midfielders Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while youngsters Rhys Williams and Neco Williams are also injury doubts this weekend and Mohamed Salah has tested positive for Covid-19 to take the unavailable list potentially into double figures.

"If we can do something in January I have no idea. If we want to do something in January I have no idea. We'll just have to see," said Klopp on whether he has to dip into the transfer market.

"That we look for solutions and the transfer market - that is clear - but in the moment we have the situation we have.

"I don't want to compare situations but when I came to Dortmund in 2008 my two centre-halves were 19 and turned 20 that winter and we played with them for that entire time. Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic.

"We have talent here. They are young - 18, 19, 23 - and we have more experienced players, so we will see. Everybody has a chance.

"They can smell the chance and they step up. They want to show they are ready and we will see.

"We have midfielders - not in the moment but hopefully in a couple of weeks - who can play the more defensive role as well. For the moment we are fine.

"I'm really confident it will work out with the boys and then hopefully we can convince the rest of the world as well."

Updated: November 21, 2020 09:34 AM

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