Sunday 13 October 2019

Jurgen Klopp insists he did not instruct ground staff to clear snow from one end against Leicester

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted he did not instruct Anfield ground staff to clear snow from the penalty area his side were attacking for the second half of Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Leicester.

Liverpool were accused of breaching the spirit of the game when TV cameras picked up ground staff clearing snow from the penalty area at the Kop end at half time, the end Liverpool were attacking after the break.

The opposite end remained untouched and Klopp today suggested that was simply down to a lack of manpower.

"Our ground staff tried to clear it but we didn't have enough manpower," said the German.

"Nobody told them to do it like that and just clear their box, I can promise that. Next time if it's snowing we will have enough people to clear the whole pitch."

Meanwhile, Klopp has revealed Joe Gomez will not be fit for several more weeks and has already been ruled out of the Champions League last-16 tie with Bayern Munich.

The defender sustained a fractured leg in the game at Burnley on December 5 and was initially likely to be out for six weeks.

However, the England international suffered a setback in his recovery and, having already missed 11 matches, he is not going to be ready for the visit of the German champions on February 19.

"No, not a realistic target, after that, any time," said the Reds boss when asked about Gomez's possible return.

Klopp also ruled Trent Alexander-Arnold out of Monday's trip to West Ham as the full-back has not yet recovered from a knee injury.

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