Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted that his squad will not look for excuses as they prepare to face Leicester this weekend.

The defending Premier League champions are set to be without a number of key players on Sunday.

However, Klopp believes that his side’s mentality will help them through this testing period.

“We are a proper, proper unit. The more problems we have, the closer we stick together. We don’t go for excuses,” he said in his pre-match press conference, as detailed by the Liverpool Echo.

Injuries mounting up

The Reds have had to cope without influential defender Virgil van Dijk in recent weeks. They will also be without Trent Alexander-Arnold and captain Jordan Henderson this weekend.

Joe Gomez has been ruled out after suffering a serious knee injury last week, whilst Mohamed Salah will also be absent after recently returning a positive coronavirus test.

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Midfield trio nearing returns

Yet the German manager was able to offer a more positive update on three midfielders who were unable to feature prior to the international break.

 

“They (Thiago and Fabinho) are in a good way. Ox is in a good way. They are closer but we will see if they are close enough for the weekend,” he revealed.

Youngsters stepping up

In the absence of Henderson, James Milner is expected to captain the team at Anfield. At 34, Milner is the most senior member of the squad.

Klopp is also looking for more youngsters to step up, though, after promising recent displays from Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips.

“The boys who come up so far have been incredible. Nat, Rhys, super games” he added.

Liverpool won the title by 18 points last season, but are not having things all their own way in the current campaign.

They currently sit third in the table, a point behind early pacesetters Leicester. A victory would see them move ahead of Brendan Rodgers’ side in the league.

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