Liverpool manager Klopp: Alisson and Jota absent from the Community Shield match

Liverpool: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Thursday that goalkeeper Alisson and striker Diogo Jota will miss the Community Shield match against Manchester City as this pair continues to recover from injuries. Jota injured his thigh during training and Klopp did not specify a possible date for his return, but Alisson, who suffers from an abdominal injury, will return in time for the first round of the new Premier League season. “Alison trained today, more than the day before,” Klopp told reporters ahead of Saturday’s game at King Power Stadium. He will be ready for Fulham (on 6 August) but will not be involved in match of the weekend. Unfortunately, it will take some time for Diogo ”. Klopp also confirmed that he is including Roberto Firmino in his plans in how much the Brazilian striker, who entered the last year of his contract, is attracting the interest of many club Europeans. “Bobby is the heart and soul of this team,” said Klopp. That’s why I’m happy that he has been training with us so far. “For me there are no doubts about the importance of him for the team”. Klopp said he was saddened by Sadio Mane’s departure following his move to Bayern Munich, but is delighted that the Senegalese forward revealed his intentions so early, allowing Liverpool to find a replacement with Darwin Nunez joining. to the club last month. “We lost Sadio, who has been an important player in the starting lineup for six years,” said Klopp. He told us he wanted a new challenge. “He told us that soon enough and we accepted it. We had time to prepare and that’s what we did. ”Liverpool lost the Scudetto to City last season by one point and when asked if the Community Shield Cup was important to the team, Klopp said. he would take it very seriously. “It is the last national cup we have not yet won and we will strive to win the title,” said the German coach. “If I win it, it is a very important competition,” he said. joked. But if you lose, it becomes less important. ” (Reuters)