Jurgen Klopp comments on Liverpool's early kick-off, team selection, updates on Ings and Gomez fitness

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp addressed the media ahead of his side's trip to Swansea City in the Premier League.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was clearly a little unhappy with the early start his side will have to make on Sunday when they face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, but he was positive about the return of one player from a long-term injury

Klopp hinted at making several changes to his side for Sunday's trip to the Liberty Stadium as he repeatedly bemoaned the Midday kick-off time after it was moved to be televised, combined with Liverpool facing Villarreal in the Europa League last night. 

He told reporters at his pre-match press conference, as per the Liverpool Echo: "We got home at half three, I guess no-one slept straight away. I'll see the players in a few hours and then make a decision.

“We have to make a few difficult decisions with the line-up.

"At 12 o'clock I am usually hungry. If my players are also hungry at that time on Sunday that will help us."

One man who could be in line for a start is Danny Ward in goal. Ward has made one Premier League appearance this season - in the 2-1 win over Bournemouth almost two weeks ago. Klopp said it might not necessarily be this weekend at the Liberty Stadium, but did say Ward is expected to have at least one more outing this season.

Klopp provided some good news on the injury front in that Danny Ings is close to being available again having sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury back in October - meaning the forward has yet to play under Klopp.

Joe Gomez, who suffered the same injury at around the same time - and had his fair share of first team opportunities prior to Klopp's arrival - could take a little longer to return. 

Ings did have a promising start to the season by scoring three goals - including in his first Merseyside derby just before he picked up his injury.

Klopp said: “It’s more important that he is close to being available, I didn’t see the session yesterday. We will see what happens.

"If he's as good a player as he is a person then we'll really look forward to seeing him on the pitch.

“It’s a very difficult moment in his career. It can help you in building character. He already had a good base in character, but he has developed.

“It’s the same with Joe Gomez, but he will need a bit more time.

“Danny is close and we will see if there’s an opportunity or if we use the summer break and he starts 100% in pre-season. It’s very good for him.”

Ings's return would certainly a boost to Liverpool's striking options at the end of the season, especially if they are in need of the side being freshened up but one would expect him to be eased back into action after such a long recovery, and for him to be pushing for full fitness at the start of next season. 

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