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‘Liverpool have one big injury – Van Dijk’ – Spurs boss Mourinho quashes talk of ‘crisis’ at Anfield

The Tottenham manager is not buying that a Premier League title rival is in trouble after suffering a run of unfortunate fitness setbacks

Jose Mourinho has started to fan the flames ahead of Tottenham’s crunch conflict with Liverpool at Anfield, with the Portuguese rubbishing claims that the Reds are struggling an injury disaster.

For the Spurs boss, his reverse quantity, Jurgen Klopp, is contending with simply one “big injury”.

He concedes that Netherlands worldwide Virgil van Dijk is nearly unimaginable to exchange, with the Dutch defender having been sidelined with knee ligament harm since October.

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Klopp has since misplaced the likes of Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Thiago Alcantara, James Milner and Diogo Jota to unlucky knocks, with Liverpool’s squad being examined to the complete.

The Premier League champions have, nevertheless, invested closely in making certain that they boast the required power in depth.

With that in thoughts, and with there nonetheless an abundance of riches at Klopp’s disposal, Mourinho shouldn’t be shopping for that the Reds are in hassle.

He informed reporters forward of a gathering between the Premier League’s prime two on Wednesday: “Give me Liverpool’s listing of accidents and evaluate that with what’s the greatest Liverpool staff.

“Liverpool has a big injury, which is Van Dijk.”

Tottenham have needed to cope with accidents of their very own this season, with Gareth Bale not but as much as full velocity after returning to north London on a season-lengthy mortgage from Real Madrid.

Quizzed on whether or not the Welshman might determine towards Liverpool, Mourinho mentioned: “We still have a training session. Yesterday (Monday) he didn’t train with the team, he trained inside. At the moment I’d say no, but we’ll see.”

While an absence of sharpness is holding Bale caught on the sidelines, England worldwide midfielder Harry Winks is seeing fierce competitors for locations deny him common sport time.

Asked if the 24-yr-previous has sought a proof for his lack of minutes, Mourinho mentioned: “Yes, he got here to me. Not simply him. Many gamers come to me.

“I have my office on the first floor and a little space on the ground floor by the dressing room to make it so easy for them. Yes, Winks came to speak with me, yes.”

Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso are amongst these holding Winks out, with that pair battling between themselves for a beginning berth.

Pressed on that choice name, which has been seeing a France worldwide get the nod, Mourinho mentioned: “It’s not tough. Difficult is when you do not have any one of them.

“Can they play collectively? Yes. The bodily situation for each is essential. To play with the 2 collectively, we want them to be match and play with the suitable depth. And they may.

“I’m not saying tomorrow or Sunday or next week but they will play together. It’s not a problem when I have both growing up and playing quite well.”

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