Friday 23 August 2019

Virgil van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sit out Liverpool training ahead of Barcelona clash

Virgil van Dijk (Peter Byrne/PA)
Virgil van Dijk (Peter Byrne/PA)

Carl Markham

Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were absent from training ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona.

However, it is understood that the pair were undergoing specific, tailored sessions in keeping with managing their workloads at this stage of the season.

Van Dijk has played 54 times this term for club and country while Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first appearance in over a year late last month after a serious knee injury.

Also missing, having already been ruled out of the game, were forwards Mohamed Salah (concussion) and Roberto Firmino (muscle tear), with long-term injury victims Adam Lallana (muscle) and Naby Keita (groin) also not present.

Salah suffered a concussion after a clash with Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka, with Klopp confirming his star man will be absent as Liverpool attempt to overturn a 3-0 first leg deficit and reach a second successive Champions League semi-final.

"It's a concussion, so he would not be allowed to play, that's it," stated Klopp, who confirmed Roberto Firmino will also miss the second leg. "He feels OK, but it is not good enough from a medical point of view. He can play at the weekend."


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