Liverpool winger Luis Diaz has raised further injury concern for Jurgen Klopp after he was spotted leaving the Emirates Stadium on crutches with his knee supported by a brace. The Colombian international was a bright spark for the Reds throughout an enthralling first-half battle in north London before an innocuous clash with Thomas Partey saw him clutch his knee in pain.
Diaz had a big hand in helping Liverpool force their way back into the game after Gabriel Martinelli’s first-minute opener, assisting fellow South American Darwin Nunez for the leveller.
But his afternoon was soon cut short after he attempted to soldier on through the pain barrier before later conceding defeat following conversations with the Liverpool medical team.
Diaz had tried to continue but was still feeling some discomfort in his knee and Liverpool will now be sweating on his fitness ahead of a crucial run in prior to the mid-season break in November for the World Cup.
The £37.5million January signing from FC Porto was spotted hobbling past the mixed zone on crutches after the full-time whistle as Liverpool fell to a 3-2 defeat in north London.
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Once last season’s League Cup and FA Cup winners have returned to Merseyside, Diaz is expected to undergo scans on the problem to determine the full extent of the damage.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was also forced off through injury after he rolled his ankle following a collision with electric Arsenal forward Martinelli.
The Brazilian’s boot appeared to follow through onto Trent’s ankle in the first half but the right-back was able to continue until half-time when he was eventually withdrawn.
Klopp confirmed the double blow in his post-match press conference: “He [Trent] is injured unfortunately. Like Luis Diaz as well, it doesn’t look good for both. That is the icing on the cake.”
Deadline day signing Arthur Melo will also be missing for three to four months after suffering a training-ground injury in midweek.
Liverpool fought back on two occasions as Roberto Firmino equalised early in the second half but Bukayo Saka’s penalty – his second goal of the afternoon – was enough to earn his side all three points.
The Liverpool boss also made it clear that he feels his side are no longer in the Premier League title race, just two months into the 2022/23 season with Arsenal now 14 points clear of the Reds.
He added: “We are not in the title race. What you build with your hands, you knock down with your backside. That is not helpful.
“We created, we were really dangerous, we scored our goal, wonderful goal. Then concede last second of the first half. Obviously, we made a mistake, counter-attack is the goal. That is our situation, getting to halftime knowing we were good in the game but ignoring the result.
“We wanted to carry on the good stuff but unfortunately we didn’t do that. We equalised, it was a really open game then. The situation around the penalty of course we should have cleared it. Now I saw it and I think you can imagine I don’t think it is a clear penalty, it is a very soft one. I think it is a situation where the referee have another look at it in real-time.
“Couple of things went against us but we are not blind, we see we could have done better in moments. In general, it was a good away game against a good side. We caused them a lot of problems but stand here with no points.”
Liverpool travel to Glasgow to face Rangers in the Champions League next week as they look to bounce back at Ibrox.