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As van Dijk returns, explanation provided for Origi’s Liverpool absence vs Hertha

As van Dijk returns, explanation provided for Origi’s Liverpool absence vs Hertha

 

A number of noteworthy talking points have come to the fore, stemming from the matchday squad called to action by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp this evening.

Liverpool back in action

Those on the red half of Merseyside are currently stepping up preparations for the season ahead.

After giving up their Premier League crown to Manchester City in altogether disappointing fashion last time out, Klopp and co. will no doubt be raring to go upon the 2021/22 campaign getting underway in a couple of weeks’ time.

In turn, this evening will see Liverpool line out for the club’s 2nd pre-season friendly of the summer.

The first, late last week, eventually culminated in a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Bundesliga outfit Mainz.

Thursday’s outing, meanwhile, will too see the Merseysiders face off against German opposition, in the form of capital outfit Hertha Berlin.

As van Dijk returns, explanation provided for Origi’s Liverpool absence vs Hertha

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND – MAY 16: Alisson of Liverpool celebrates with Roberto Firmino, Thiago and team mates after scoring their side’s second goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at The Hawthorns on May 16, 2021 in West Bromwich, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Van Dijk in/Origi out

Ahead of the action getting underway in Innsbruck, as is customary, the respective starting line-ups set to take to the pitch were, a short time ago, made official.

And, as outlined above, that of favourites Liverpool has since given rise to a number of noteworthy talking points.

The most high-profile comes in the form of the return of long-sidelined stopper and leader Virgil van Dijk, who joins Joe Gomez on Jurgen Klopp’s bench.

Summer signing Ibrahima Konate, for the 2nd game running, therefore joins Joel Matip at the heart of the Reds’ backline:

One player to have missed out on a spot in Klopp’s latest matchday squad altogether, on the other hand, is Divock Origi.

As confirmed by the reliable Neil Jones, however, this is not down to the transfer-linked striker inching any closer to the Anfield exit door, with Origi having instead picked up what has been described as a ‘minor knock’:

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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