Klopp issues vague Liverpool injury update after Brighton defeat
Jurgen Klopp issued a vague injury update after Liverpool lost to Brighton in the Premier League on Wednesday night.
Having gone unbeaten for almost four years at home in the league, Klopp’s side have now lost back-to-back matches at Anfield after Brighton repeated Burnley’s 1-0 victory of a fortnight ago.
An injury list which shows no signs of abating – goalkeeper Alisson Becker missed the match with a non-covid-related illness – has had a hugely detrimental effect on the team’s performances.
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The loss of all three centre-backs Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip plus their back-up Fabinho has meant Jordan Henderson playing in defence, which removes a key driving force from midfield.
Alisson and Fabinho are expected to return for Liverpool at the weekend but the participation of forward Sadio Mane, who has missed the last two matches with a muscle problem, remains a doubt.
Fellow forward Diogo Jota, who has been out for two months with a knee injury, is still a number of weeks away from fitness despite beginning outdoor training this week.
Klopp admitted after the Brighton defeat his players were mentally fatigued with forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino looking particularly affected.
The fact there is unlikely to be any respite for them until later this month at the earliest will also be a worry for Klopp.
“Diogo is – I don’t know exactly – a couple of weeks, two, three, four. I’m not sure,” said the manager.
“And Sadio we will see. He might be available for the weekend, I don’t know. He didn’t train with the team (Wednesday). We will see.”