Liverpool are set for a crunch Premier League showdown on Sunday but Jurgen Klopp will once again have a depleted squad to choose from. Tottenham sit third in the table, comfortably ahead of the ninth-placed Reds, and Express Sport takes you through six injury worries that could make Klopp’s turnaround mission even harder…
The veteran utility man has been a godsend at times for Liverpool but Sunday’s trip to north London may come too soon. He was substituted during the win over Napoli on Tuesday with a suspected concussion.
Klopp recently admitted that ‘further checks’ would have to be conducted on the 36-year-old before coming to a final decision, but there is a real chance that Milner won’t be risked against Spurs.
Another player who hasn’t categorically been ruled out but probably won’t be thrown straight in at the deep end, Matip has been out of action since suffering a calf strain in the 3-2 defeat to Arsenal almost a month ago.
His steadying presence at the back has been sorely missed, particularly with Virgil van Dijk playing well short of his best and Joe Gomez committing a string of errors. Klopp’s latest update on the Cameroon international came last week when he ruled him out of the Leeds game, despite revealing that he was back in rehab.
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Liverpool lost much of their cutting edge up top when Sadio Mane fled Anfield to sign for Bayern Munich in the summer. Luis Diaz is tasked with shouldering some of the Senegalese’s goals burden but a knee injury has prevented him from trying.
The Colombian international is another casualty from the Arsenal defeat on October 9 and he isn’t expected to turn out for the Reds until after the World Cup, despite claims from Klopp that he’s a ‘quick healer’.
Although the diminutive forward mercifully got through the Arsenal game unscathed, he only lasted one more week than Diaz and Matip. A calf injury sustained against Manchester City looks set to keep him out until after the World Cup, which he was set to attend with the Portuguese national team.
Jota’s absence, which will continue for the trip to Tottenham on Sunday, has heaped more pressure on the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Darwin Nunez to produce for the Reds.
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The Brazilian’s season-long loan move from Juventus has been a source of major frustration for Reds fans. He wasn’t expected to move mountains, but his solid technical ability could have come in handy over the past few weeks with Klopp battling a midfield shortage.
Despite only playing a handful of minutes in red, Arthur came down with a thigh injury in training last month. He underwent surgery as a result, which will keep him out of the Tottenham clash and indeed every game until after the New Year.