Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp does not expect Thiago Alcantara, Joel Matip and Naby Keita to return to action this week.

The trio missed the Reds’ Premier League win over Sheffield United at the Premier League though there was hope they could return against Midtjylland in the Champions League.

Though Klopp is not banking on any of the trio being available against the Danish outfit.

The boss simply said “don't think so," when asked if they are in contention for the European clash.

Thiago was injured during the Merseyside derby draw with Everton, with Klopp alluding to the difficult week his side faced before the win over the Blades.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool return to Champions League action on Tuesday night
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool return to Champions League action on Tuesday night

He added: "Last week was not the best of ours lives. Some things we don't like, which doesn't help. We can influence the response though and I liked it.

“The boys were ready to work and showed resilience. Fought for results and dug in. All important. I expect that.

“But my boys did exactly what I thought they would do so that is what I liked the most.

Thiago was injured during Liverpool's draw with Everton
Thiago was injured during Liverpool's draw with Everton

"We play Midtjylland now and I am not sure what it says about Danish football but it says a lot about football that if you think quicker you can make big jumps.

“They have all my respect. We don't think [we're bigger]. We respect them because we understand football.

"How will we approach it? Sorry, that's private. You know what Midtjylland are doing, they are experienced, good footballing midfielders, physical up front, so we have to see. A clear plan, but us too which is adaptable.

Joel Matip is unlikely to feature against Midtjylland
Joel Matip is unlikely to feature against Midtjylland

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“They are a bit more direct in their build up, really experienced defenders, speed on the wings, physicality up front.

“They have a clear plan. We need to show that we are ready for a proper fight.”

Liverpool take on Midtjylland at Anfield on Tuesday night having beaten Ajax in their opening Champions League clash.