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Klopp welcomes selectivity as Liverpool's two stars return



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Publication date: Friday, 22 February 2019 12:13

Jurgen Klopp has welcomed the return of Virgil van Dijk and Xherdan Shaqiri before the Liverpool trip to face the bitter Manchester United competitors on Sunday.

Defender Star Van Dijk lost Tuesday 0-0 Champions League draws with Bayern Munich due to a ban, but it will slide straight back to the side at Old Trafford.

The Lowland is likely to be Joel Matip's partner at the heart of the defense, with Fabinho either moving back to the middle field or straight down to the bench.

Gini Wijnaldum, Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson all performed great in midfielder against Bayern, although he seemed to fight straight between England and Fabinho's man for the catch.

Shaqiri is also back from an abdominal injury, giving it to Cochion another assault selector to consider.

Speaking at Melwood on Friday, Klopp expressed his pleasure in improving his squad's fitness, although Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez still exist and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster are not yet ready to return.

On returning Van Dijk, Klopp admitted: "It's very good to get back.

"By the way, this is the first time since I do not know how many weeks we have to make a choice.

"Between midfielders, full back, even center centers if I'm thinking about Fabinho again in that situation, I can make a decision about it.

"So that's fine. That's a good moment, so far this week is obvious because of the Bayern that it's more or less recovery.

"But now we have two sessions to prepare for the game and that's good."

With regard to the players returning from injury and illness before the United collision, Klopp added: "Let's go in, Joe does not come in, I'll believe that the rest is quite in training at least .

"Rhian Brewster is still alone [doing] Small parts, Ocs in larger parts, but not ready to play.

"The rest will be trained and he will train with us.

"I usually get a message that someone is ill, so I'm still nervous about that! But so far I did not hear anything."

Meanwhile, Klopp has put his thoughts on United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before the game at Old Trafford. Read this full story …

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