Liverpool will look to rebound from their defeat at West Ham, and face Arsenal at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s side is facing serious injuries.
Jurgen Klopp is not afraid to speak out when it comes time for his thoughts about international breaks and their impact on the domestic calendar.
Liverpool manager has frequently criticized how international matches can lead, especially in the beginning of the season.
Klopp feels his side are often harshly treated when it comes to his side’s fixtures after the break, with many of their games put in the earliest available time slot.
The Reds aren’t in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off this time around, instead penned into play Arsenal at home five hours later.
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The German still faces selection headaches because a large portion of his team picked up knocks while playing for their respective countries.
Liverpool, coming off a defeat against West Ham at the beginning of the month will be looking for a positive outcome, knowing that the Gunners can leapfrog it with a win.
With that in view, Mirror SportThe latest news from Anfield about the growing injury list:
The Reds skipper starred for England during the 5-0 cruise over Albania on Friday, but was absent in the Three Lions’ final qualifier against San Marino.
Henderson was sent back to England camp to be assessed on an injury that is still unspecified.
“With Hendo, [it happened] within the game,”Gareth Southgate is England’s chief executive.
“There are small injuries on the scans, so we just hope that they’re not going to miss too much football from here on.
“It shouldn’t be too bad in either case but [we]You just need to watch how it goes.
Klopp was pleased to see the midfielder join in first-team training on Wednesday. He is optimistic that he will be able to face Arsenal.
Similarly to Henderson, Mane picked up a knock during the first of his nation’s qualifiers. The forward was withdrawn during Senegal’s clash with Togo after colliding with a defender while going up for a header.
Mane returned to Merseyside on Tuesday after receiving scans.
It was an otherwise brilliant night in Scotland and Robertson was seen limping with a suspected injury to his hamstring.
Robertson was replaced with just 11 minutes left of their win over Denmark. Now, it’s a race against the clock to be included in this weekend’s program.
Perhaps most telling, the 27 year-old did not tweet about the knock after the match. “What a night at Hampden, strong finish to the campaign! Everyone outstanding tonight.”
Robertson’s injury may not be as severe as initially thought, but Kostas Tsimikas will still be able to play against Arsenal and Porto during the Champions League.
After injuring his thigh during the dramatic draw against Brighton at the end October, the midfielder was forced to withdraw from international duty with Guinea.
Keita was at his best in Liverpool before the injury. Klopp hopes to have him back after this series of international fixtures.
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Liverpool will be without the Brazilian for several weeks following Klopp’s description of a “disaster”. “serious hamstring injury”.
“Bobby is not good news with a serious hamstring injury, really unfortunate,” the Reds boss said earlier this month.
“We don’t know exactly how long he will be out but it will be not now after the international break directly. That is something we need to do.
“Losing Bobby Firmino is a blow. We have known for two days it was serious.
“Talking about weeks. Four. That’s a serious injury. Let’s wait and see. Bobby is a fast healer.”
During the 5-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford, the 36-year old suffered a hamstring strain.
Milner was seen training apart from the main team in the lead-up to Arsenal’s game. It is unlikely that he will be involved as an assistant.
Gomez suffered a calf injury that prevented him from playing in games against West Ham and Atletico Madrid before the break.
His return has not been scheduled yet, but there are some hints that he might be available to play against Arsenal.
“Curtis is a completely different story, he was very unlucky in training – he got a finger that scratched the eye,” Klopp said before the game with West Ham.
And in an update provided earlier this week, club doctor Jim Moxon confirmed his absence would be a prolonged one, adding: “The nature of the issue means caution is important; we need to allow it time to heal and we can’t rush it, therefore it won’t be a speedy return.
“It needs to mend before we are able to reintroduce Curtis to full training, but there are things he can do in the meantime to maintain fitness.
“We can’t put a specific timescale on a return beyond it will be a number of weeks from now as it heals naturally, so it’s not one we will risk and patience is a virtue with this specific recovery.”
The 18-year-old was only two months removed from a horrific ankle dislocation in September at Leeds. There were fears that he could miss the entire season.
Elliott has since undergone successful surgery on the ankle and is already back out running on the pitches at the club’s AXA training facility on Monday.
There is still some way to go before the player who had started all four of Liverpool’s league games before his injury, returns to competitive action.