New Liverpool manager Jugen Klopp will be without summer signings Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino for his debut match against Tottenham Hotspur on 17 October. The German has also confirmed the fans' fears over Joe Gomez, confirming that the young defender will require a significant operation after sustaining a knee injury.
Klopp is ready to oversee his first match as a Premier League manager, following his appointment on 8 October to replace Brendan Rodgers – who was fired after a 1-1 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby.
But the former Borussia Dortmund supremo will be without Benteke and Firmino in his side. The Belgium international has already missed the last two Premier League matches following an injury sustained against Norwich City on 20 September. Firmino, meanwhile, has suffered with back issues ever since the Capital One Cup encounter with Carlisle United.
Klopp reported that the pair are progressing well, but that the encounter at White Hart Lane has come too soon in the recovery process for both of them.
"Benteke and Firmino are back on the pitch, not team training but they are getting better and better. I don't know exactly when they will come back, but I hope to see next week in team training. Hopefully [recovery] can go quickly, and they will be ready for matches," the boss said in a pre-match press conference as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
Meanwhile, Klopp has confirmed Gomez will undergo surgery after the 18-year-old suffered a cruciate ligament injury while on international duty with England U21 in the European championship qualifier victory over Kazakhstan.
"Gomez came here and I met him for the first time. What a wonderful young boy, tall and muscular. But he has an anterior cruciate ligament injury," he said. "Now we have to make further diagnoses, and we will see when he gets operated on. He can count the days until he's back. He's a young guy. It was not the best day in his life, but I am pretty good at waiting for young players. This is home."