Joel Matip to miss Chelsea clash as Liverpool nurture ankle injury

on 26.07.2016

Liverpool centre-back Joel Matip will sit out of Wednesday night’s International Champions Cup tie against Chelsea as a precaution.

The Cameroon international suffered ankle bruising during the Reds’ 2-0 friendly win over Wigan Athletic nine days ago.

With Matip having suffered a serious injury to the same area in the past, undergoing surgery over the summer to remove a screw in his ankle, Liverpool are taking care with his recovery.

This has seen Matip sit out of intense sessions at the Reds’ Stanford University training camp, with Jurgen Klopp wary of exacerbating the issue.

As a result, Matip won’t be available for Liverpool’s ICC opener against the Blues at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

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Liverpool’s US tour squad complete as Sheyi Ojo & Emre Can return this week

on 26.07.2016

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool squad are joined by Sheyi Ojo and Emre Can this week as their pre-season tour of the US continues.

The Reds take on Chelsea at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on Wednesday night, kicking off a three-game tour across the Atlantic.

Having granted his summer internationals three weeks’ holiday following the completion of their duties at the Copa America Centenario and Euro 2016, Klopp welcomed his players back gradually.

James Milner returned days before the Reds travelled, while Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge were available from the first day of tour.

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Mamadou Sakho sent home from Liverpool training camp early

on 26.07.2016

Mamadou Sakho has left Liverpool’s training camp in America amidst reports that Jurgen Klopp is concerned about his attitude around the squad while injured.

The French defender, who missed the end of last season after failing a UEFA drugs test but saw no further action taken against him this summer, was with the squad despite suffering an Achilles injury earlier in pre-season.

However, Sakho has flown back to the UK – along with Brad Smith as he finalises his move to Bournemouth – while other injured players, Lucas Leiva and Joe Gomez, have remained Stateside.

The Echo’s James Pearce reports that Sakho’s attitude around the training camp in Northern California had raised concerns and prompted his early return to Merseyside.

It’s reported that the directive to send Sakho home early came directly from Klopp, not on the advise of the medical staff, with Sakho’s diligence around the squad questioned.

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Red Men v Food: Fowler and Garcia take on ‘Burritozilla’

It was Red Men v Food in San Jose at the weekend as Robbie Fowler and Luis Garcia took on the ‘Burritozilla’ – find out whether they could stomach it in our free clip.

The Liverpool legends were dispatched to Iguanas restaurant to tackle their speciality, the five-pound, 18-inch mound of tortilla, meat, rice, beans and more.

It was not a challenge for the faint-hearted and the duo were hungry to finish their enormous plate, but would they be able to?

The only way to find out is by clicking play above.

You can also take a look at some great photos from their attempt in our gallery below.

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Liverpool FC legends take on San Fran

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Liverpool FC ambassador Robbie Fowler and Reds legend Luis Garcia took in some of San Francisco’s famous sights when they paid a special visit to Fisherman’s Wharf, dipping their toes into the city’s unique culture.

The duo – who are in the US as part of a pre-season tour featuring fixtures in LA, San Jose and St Louis – visited the famous Crab Wheel sign before fuelling up on a bowl of Clam Chowder at the Franciscan Crab, a San Francisco institution. They then took in the historic sights of Ghirardelli square, paying a visit to the famous Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop.

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Cameron Brannagan: Now is the time I need to impress the boss

Cameron Brannagan

Cameron Brannagan is aiming to stake his claim for further first-team action with Liverpool in pre-season and build on his nine senior appearances so far in 2016-17.

Last term proved to be a watershed one for the 20-year-old, who featured eight more times for the Reds after making his debut as a substitute in a Europa League tie against Bordeaux in France in September.

Asked whether this summer had extra significance for him, Brannagan told “I’d say so. It’s a big opportunity for me and I need to keep working hard and see where it takes me.

“If I get my chance in the games then I need to try and take it and see what happens.

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Henderson ‘feeling good’ after injury nightmare

Jordan Henderson is raring to go ahead of the new season after the Liverpool captain endured an injury-ravaged 2015-16.

Henderson was restricted to 23 starts in all competitions for the Reds last term due to a combination of foot and knee problems.

The skipper sustained knee ligament damage during the first leg of Liverpool’s Europa League tie with Borussia Dortmund in April and made his return as a substitute on the final day of the Premier League season at West Bromwich Albion.

Henderson has since represented England at Euro 2016 and feels fit and ready to lead Jürgen Klopp’s side into the new campaign, with the opening-weekend trip to Arsenal now less than three weeks away.

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