Klopp worried over fitness level as another key player in danger of missing Chelsea game
- Nabi Keita has left training early and could be unfit for Wednesday's game.
- If it's the case, he joins the Reds' keeper Alisson on the sidelines.
- This could be a result of a messy pre-season.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is preoccupied with his team's fitness level before the UEFA Super Cup showdown with Chelsea.
On Friday, the Reds' No.1 Alisson has suffered a calf tear and been ruled out for 4 to 6 weeks. One day before the game in Istanbul, Naby Keita has left the training session before time, allegedly due to his old thigh injury.
Those players, as well as Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have returned late for the pre-season because of their international duty. For Klopp, it poses a problem as Liverpool don't want to find themselves on the back foot in the title race, or in the Super Cup clash.
"That’s the challenge for all of us. We are not the only club who has that problem, but when I get asked I answer it," Klopp said at the press conference.
"It was a difficult pre-season, not only for players but for us as well and you never know exactly how it will work out then, especially in the early games of the season.
"I was really happy about the game against Man City; first half obviously we had some problems, not too many but some because they are so strong, and then second half we were really there. That was an important sign for us.
"Physically, we are there now, exactly where we want to be. Not at 100 per cent – we will have that in probably September, October, whenever, but again it is the same for all the teams. All the rest is no problem."