Liverpool will look to end a run of 2 games without a victory against Middlesbrough on Wednesday night

The Reds travel to the Riverside stadium having drawn against West Ham and lost in dramatic fashion to Bournemouth.

Emre Can and Dejan Lovren are both doubts for the game, with the former very unlikely to play against Boro. Dejan Lovren was substituted against West Ham, but could feature. Jurgen Klopp confirmed that the Croatian’s substitution was a precaution, while confirming Can had suffered ligament damage :

“Emre had a little bit more pain (after a challenge in training with Divock Origi) so we looked a little bit more exact on it and how I said yesterday, I never heard about this ligament, but it’s a little bit damaged,” the manager said, according to the club’s official website.

“He’s already on a good way and I’m not sure – he’s in doubt for Wednesday, but I think Everton he will be back for sure. It would be cool if he could train tomorrow, we will see. It’s painful, not really more.”

“It’s not about what you want, it’s about what is possible and we made the decision together it’s better to take him off, but we don’t know more about it in the moment.”

Emre Can has been solidifying his place in the midfield at Anfield and could just be the leader Klopp can rely on. (Picture Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images)

Emre Can is set to miss the game against Middlesbrough, but could be back for Monday’s Merseyside derby (Picture Courtesy – AFP/Getty Images)

The injury to Can means that Klopp will likely start with a midfield of Wijnaldum, Henderson and Lallana. Lovren looks likely to play but should he miss out, Ragnar Klavan could slot in after featuring against West Ham. Lucas has also been utilised in defence this season.

Loris Karius is expected to keep his place after Jurgen Klopp defended his compatriot following some heavy criticism from Gary Neville. Daniel Sturridge is on schedule with his recovery from a calf problem but will not make the squad for the Middlesbrough game.

Klopp has no other major injury concerns from the West Ham game and will stick with a front-line of Mane, Origi and Firmino.

Liverpool kick off against Middlesbrough at 2045 UK standard time.

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