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Jurgen Klopp issues double Liverpool injury boost ahead of Tottenham clash

Jurgen Klopp has provided Liverpool with a double injury boost ahead of his side's meeting with Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.

Spurs travel to Leicester City on Thursday evening, despite both teams requesting for the game to be postponed due to Covid-19 outbreaks in their respective camps, before welcoming the Reds to north London at the weekend.

For Antonio Conte, his Tottenham squad at the moment is rather depleted, and it remains to be seen what sort of group he can assemble together for back-to-back matches over the next few days.

However, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed on Wednesday that all of his players have been vaccinated and there are currently no positive Covid cases going into their double-header against Newcastle United and Spurs.

Klopp also confirmed that Roberto Firmino and Curtis Jones have both returned to training this week ahead of the matches.

The Reds manager said: "I really do not like to talk about it because always when I say something like: 'it looks really good', then I get a call, but it looks okay in the moment. No new injuries.

"Bobby (Firmino) is back in full training, Curtis yesterday in big parts of training.

"That leaves Harvey (Elliott) out obviously long-term and Divock (Origi) has a little issue, and Adrian obviously. So the rest should be fine."

Meanwhile, Conte, when speaking in his pre-match press conference on Wednesday ahead of the Leicester trip, gave an update on the situation at Tottenham right now.

Antonio Conte gave an update on Tottenham's Covid issue in his pre match press conference on Wednesday. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

When asked how everyone is, the Spurs boss replied: "Yes, the situation has not changed so much. The players are back in training and other players are continuing to be isolated, but also for the players back in training, they need time.

"They need a bit of time to be fit and find again a good physical condition. When you have Covid, the Covid is not only for 10 days.

"Many times, he brings with it, this virus, a situation that makes your body not so strong. For this reason, you have to go slowly, also because you risk having players injured after Covid."

When quizzed on how many players will be missing for the visit to the King Power Stadium, Conte said: "Surely, we have player positives. For sure some players tomorrow they can’t play.

"As I said before, players are back in training and today two players are back in training for the first time. And yesterday another player.

"But as you know well, they need to be fit to play. Surely tomorrow I’ll put these players on the bench for 15-20 minutes at the end. They have in their legs 20 or 25 minutes to play with us.

"I think is the big problem that we must be [prepared] to face in the future. To bring these players affected by Covid to be fit and avoid injuries. This could be the big problem in the future.

"Not the 10 days. After ten days you have players available but then you have to pay attention to the way to train, whether the body is ready to work in a good way.

"You have to pay attention, moderate the training to avoid injuries. This is the big problem, not only for Tottenham but for other clubs with Covid-hit players."

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