Photo: Klopp calls up attacking gem with 'bags of skill' to Liverpool training ahead of Old Trafford trip
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been putting his players through their paces ahead of the big Premier League clash against Manchester United.
Both the Reds and the Red Devils have endured a difficult start to the new season.
Liverpool have drawn their opening two Premier League games, against Fulham and Crystal Palace.
Meanwhile, United lost 2-1 to Brighton before being hammered 4-0 by Brentford.
Monday night’s clash at Old Trafford is now a chance for one of the two teams to finally kickstart their season.
Liverpool will go into the game without a number of players.
Darwin Nunez is unavailable due to his straight red card against Palace last time out.
A further eight players remain on the sidelines, as per Liverpool’s latest injury update.
Klopp remains without Joel Matip, Thiago Alcantara, Ibrahima Konate, Curtis Jones, Diogo Jota, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Calvin Ramsay and Caoimhin Kelleher.
With so many absences, the Liverpool boss has been giving a chance to some academy players.
One of those pictured in the latest session is Bobby Clark, who made the bench against the Eagles.
“Bags of skill and talent”
Clark joined Liverpool’s setup from Newcastle last summer, much to the disappointment of the St James’ Park outfit.
Lee Ryder, the Newcastle Chronicle’s chief Magpies reporter, spoke to the Liverpool Echo in September about how much of a “kick in the teeth” Clark’s departure was.
“Bobby was Newcastle’s most promising youngster,” said Ryder.
“He is a really exciting player with bags of skill and talent.
“He could have lit up the stage at St James’ Park but now he has gone to Liverpool and that is a real kick in the teeth.”
Clark enjoyed a superb maiden season in Liverpool’s youth ranks, bagging 13 goals.
The Reds hierarchy duly rewarded him with a long-term contract back in March.
Though Roberto Firmino is set to return, Klopp is still without Nunez and Jota.
So Clark may well take up a spot on the bench once again as Liverpool look to kickstart their season against United.
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