Henderson, Keita to miss Liverpool's Red Star clash


Champions League football returns to Anfield this week, as Liverpool welcome Serbian SuperLiga leaders Crvena Zvezda for their third Group C encounter on Wednesday night.

Klopp has had to contend with several injuries in the lead up to the fixture, with Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita both ruled out with hamstring injuries.

Having Mane back, Liverpool's most prolific forward, will come as a boost to Klopp's side as they look to get their Champions League campaign back on track after defeat to Napoli last time out.

"He is more a reserved person, looking, watching, absorbing, and it always takes a little bit more time".

"I didn't make the line-up, how we will start, but of course it is very important for us that he's now been here for a few months, got used to all the things". We can not - I can not - shorten the time it takes [to settle]. But on the pitch, he is back now and that's good. Maybe somebody can but I can't.

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Regarding their opponents on Wednesday, who have one point after two games, Klopp said: "Red Star is the team of Serbia".

Klopp has injury issues in midfield, so former Monaco man Fabinho could step in to face Red Star. After that he played pretty much each game.

The Serbian champions and 1991 European Cup winners will not be able to count on a vocal minority support at Anfield as UEFA banned the club from selling tickets to their fans as a punishment for trouble at August's qualifier at Salzburg.

This is not a mistake or a result of confusion, they are simply two different names for the same team. "But after a 6-1, with another away game, it is possible they will be more defensive".

Backing the £39m Brazilian to shine, Liverpool's German boss told the Daily Mirror: "We already made the decision he is the right player, yes - when we signed him". They embrace the pressure and expectation that comes at Liverpool where you need to do all this while also winning.