Klopp spoke about the rumors of the departure of Firmino, but above all announced the injury of his goalkeeper, Alisson Becker

The first big shock of the season is already for Saturday, between Liverpool and Manchester City for the Community Shield. For the first time in ten years, the match will not take place at Wembley, requisitioned for the Women’s Euro, but at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

48 hours before the shock, Jurgen Klopp appeared at a press conference. He notably announced very bad news for the Reds: the withdrawal of Alisson, his goalkeeper, but also of Diogo Jota: “Alisson and Diogo no (they will not be there). Alisson trained today more only the day before so he will certainly be available for Fulham, but not for this weekend. Diogo… it will take time, unfortunately”, regretted the German coach.

“Bobby (Firmino) is crucial for us”

Asked about the departure rumors around Roberto Firmino, Jürgen Klopp was firm and brushed them aside: “Bobby (Firmino) is crucial for us, he is the heart and soul of this team. Everything looks very good. He is essential for us.” Words that will surely please the principal concerned.

With Diogo Jota’s package and the departure of Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino can claim a place in the eleven of the Reds on Saturday, even if the Salah-Nunez-Diaz trio holds the rope.

A duel at the top

As so often between these two formations, we can expect a match of crazy intensity. Klopp against Guardiola, and now, a real duel of numbers 9 … between two teams that didn’t really have any. If a duel will be particularly scrutinized on Saturday, it is that between the two new attackers, freshly landed. Erling Haaland versus Darwin Nunez , the match within the match, two huge pluses for their team. The first scored for his first match against Bayern in a friendly, the second scored a quadruple against Leipzig after being criticized. That promises for Saturday…

Source: PB

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