Premier League champions Liverpool will be without services of six players when they take on Arsenal in Saturday’s Community Shield set to be staged at Wembley Stadium. 

Liverpool, who won the Premier League will be up against FA Cup winners Arsenal behind closed bars at the National Stadium. Mikel Arteta’s men resumed training earlier this week while the Reds have been away at their training camp in Austria where they played friendly matches against Stuttgart and Red Bull Salzburg.

Jurgen Klopp has been handed a major injury boost with news defender Virgil van Dirk will be available for selection despite being forced off with a nasty cut to his head in during the preseason game. However, the Reds will be without the services of Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Harry Wilson, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Divock Origi, who didn’t play in either friendly. 

“All the boys which were not involved so far or got slight knocks in pre-season will not be available for tomorrow, but [they are] getting closer, really closer, closer and closer,” Klopp said during a press conference. 

“So hopefully the majority of them can start training completely normal after the Arsenal game, but this game is now a bit too early for them. Maybe one or two involved in the squad, we have to see.

“That’s it pretty much. Hendo and Joel looking really good, on a good way. Ox, early stages but good. Shaq, good. Trent, very close, we have to make a decision about tomorrow. Harry looks good.”

Defender Alexander-Arnold also didn’t play in either match, but he is said to be close to being available to face the Gunners.


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