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'Not ready': Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool defender won't be in squad v Brighton
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'Not ready': Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool defender won't be in squad v Brighton

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Calvin Ramsay isn’t fit enough to face Brighton today.

The Reds return to Premier League action for the first time since 3 September as they host the Seagulls at Anfield.

Liverpool are sweating over the fitness of several players ahead of the game.

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Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez represented their countries during the international break.

The Reds’ medical staff will check on their readiness to feature against Brighton.

Konate, meanwhile, has not played so far this season due to a knee injury.

However, the centre-back has now resumed full training. 

Ramsay, who is yet to make his Liverpool debut, is also back in training.

However, Klopp confirmed that the 19-year-old is not yet ready for first-team action.

“Over the moon”

Ramsay will first play for the Liverpool Under-21s before being considered for the senior team.

“Calvin is not ready to play but over the moon that he can train now,” Klopp told the Reds media team.

“That’s fine, it’s really good.

“So he just needs now training, training, training.

And there will be a moment when he probably will play [for the] U21s that he can get a game, because we play now all the time.

“But that’s fine.”

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“One step closer”

Ramsay arrived at Liverpool this summer as one of Britain’s most highly-rated youngsters.

The 19-year-old joined the Reds from Aberdeen in June for a deal reportedly worth up to £6.5million.

However, Klopp disclosed soon after his arrival on Merseyside that Liverpool’s staff had discovered an injury during his medical.

On Thursday, Ramsay took to social media with a picture of himself in training and the caption “Back in full training. One step closer.”

“We really expect a lot from him”

Klopp sung his praises after he arrived at Anfield.

“Everything we saw about him, we heard about him, I heard from him: a fantastic boy,” he told the Liverpool website.

“And what a player he is, what he did for Aberdeen last year, absolutely exceptional.

“In his age group and you know the things we need from a full-back, he is as close as it gets to the things we want and is still a kid.

“So we really expect a lot from him in the long term.”

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