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Press Conference: Jurgen Klopp provides update on James Milner, speaks about Man City, Lovren’s future and sends message to Akinfenwa

Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp

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Champions Liverpool continues their hunt for more Premier League history when they take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night. The Gunners will be looking to bounce back from their North London derby defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

Ahead of the game, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has faced the press and confirmed that James Milner will be out of the game.

“My last info yesterday is Millie is in contention for Chelsea game. He didn’t train yesterday. Apart from that, no new injuries on the list. We should have same squad like we had for Burnley game,” he said.

The boss also spoke about Manchester City’s reduced Champions League ban.

“I don’t know if I can answer it. It’s a serious subject. From a personal point of view I’m happy City can play CL last year, they don’t have 10-12 games less now in PL – no other team would have had a chance in the league,” he said.

Klopp also gave update on Dejan Lovren’s future.

“Dejan is a very important part of the squad. It is always like this. We have four centre-halves and normally play with two of them. We need all of them. He’s a very reliable player. I have nothing else to say about it.”

“15 appearances (this season) he was a couple of times injured. Dejan played some outstanding games for us. He is a very important part of the squad. We have four centre-halves, and needed all four always. Played CL final and lot of big games. Very reliable player

“Since I am in, Dejan is always in or close to the team. Nothing else and we’ve never had problems. Nothing to say about the contract situation as that is just how it is. Dejan is an LFC player and we need him. With Joel injured, we only have 3 CBs. You need the quality we have at centre-back to be successful.”

Klopp sent Adebayo Akinfenwa a congratulatory video message after the forward helped Wycombe secure promotion to the Championship.
After the 2016 League Two play-off final were Akinfenwa’s AFC Wimbledon defeated Plymouth, he announced to the world that it was his last game for the club as he was being released.

“He is invited for the parade! I saw before the video when he was sitting in the team meeting in an LFC kit, I thought that was really funny. He responded to the video, it was nice, he was really happy.”

Source: Liverpool ECHO