Jurgen Klopp reveals why Ryan Gravenberch did not feature against Burnley

Ryan Gravenberch was unable to play for Liverpool against Burnley at Anfield in the Premier League.

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Ryan Gravenberch picked up an injury during warmup ahead of Liverpool’s game against Burnley at Anfield on Saturday.

The Reds missed the services of several key players for the Premier League encounter including Alisson Becker, Joe Gomez, and summer signing Gravenberch.

Gravenberch featured in the 3-1 defeat at Arsenal last weekend but found himself on the bench as Liverpool secured a 3-1 win and moved top of the league table with 54 points.

The 21-year-old, who moved to Anfield from Bayern Munich in the summer has racked up 29 appearances, scored three goals, and provided two assists across all competitions this season.

Speaking after the game in front of an Anfield record league attendance of 59,896, Klopp disclosed why the Netherlands U-21 international was unable to play.

“We lost this morning Ali with, I don’t know, we lost Joey with the flu, Ali we will see, and before the game Ryan felt a little bit somewhere,” the 56-year-old said.

“They told me then he is fine but you cannot bring on a player who felt something in the warm-up, so we have to recover quickly and hopefully a lot of the boys will be back for the next game because we need them, obviously.

Liverpool are now two points clear although they have played one game more than their nearest rivals Manchester City.

“No problem with fighting hard for the result. Actually, I can’t remember the last time when that wasn’t the case,” the former Dortmund manager said.

“But today obviously, for some obvious and for some less obvious reasons, it was clear it will be a really tricky afternoon.

“It was about how we deal with it, how much character we can show, and the boys showed exactly what we needed. [At] the start of the game, we were a bit too much in a rush.

“That was the problem: we played too quick, too direct, we couldn’t react with the formation, couldn’t win balls back. They had counter-attacks and that looks not great and doesn’t feel great on top of that.

“We score our goal, wonderful, find our way in the game, and then we concede the equaliser in the last second, pretty much, before half-time.

“But 1-1 is not a problem, I wanted us to play better football and to play calmer football and thankfully we had two situations to show them – one with a diagonal ball which we saw from Virg to Trent when the winger went inside and then playing around, having the right players in the right positions, and we did that.

“It was then obviously the problem in half-time that we had to take Trent off. That’s a double problem, if you want: one is Trent off and the other is we don’t have a right-back available so we told Curtis what he had to do.

“We changed the formation slightly to make it as simple as possible for him because it’s the first time he ever played the position and we don’t want him to be the inverted right-back and think about these kind of things as well, so he did exceptionally well.”

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