Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Liverpool injury update as Klopp sweating on four key players for Arsenal encounter

Liverpool injury update as Klopp sweating on four key players for Arsenal encounter

Jurgen Klopp witnessed his team produce a stellar performance against Rangers in their 2-0 Champions League win in midweek.

But Klopp knows that Arsenal will be a tougher test, and with four players still out injured, he will have to manage his squad carefully to avoid risking any more absentees ahead of the crucial clash in north London.

The Reds are currently 11 points behind the league leaders after eight games, and a defeat at the Emirates Stadium would seriously jeopardize the Merseyside club’s title hopes.

With four key squad members still out, Klopp will know he may have to do it the hard way, but he has been boosted by the return of defensive duo Ibrahima Konate and Calvin Ramsay, as well as Caoimhin Kelleher, who has returned to training.

But the 55-year-old cannot ignore the fact that he still has a number of players out ahead of a crucial five-week period before the start of the World Cup in Qatar, and he will be hoping that the players he selects against Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal can deliver a much-needed victory.

SportDias examines which Reds players are still ruled out for Sunday’s game.

Andy Robertson

After suffering a knee injury in the 4-1 loss to Napoli, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to have left-back Andy Robertson back to full fitness soon.

Klopp’s most recent update on September 30 indicated that Robertson would be back in action soon, though whether he will be ready for the Arsenal game remains to be seen.

“He’s doing really well. It looks really good, so he’s not out for long; already too long out, if you want, but now it was the international break so that helped in this case a little bit. He is already out on the pitch running, good sign. I don’t know if it will be next week or the week after, I don’t know.”

Naby Keita

Keita has yet to make a single appearance for Liverpool this season after suffering a long-term thigh injury after making a brief cameo in the FA Community Shield victory over Manchester City in July.

The Guinean’s extended absence has caused Klopp problems in midfield, and the 27-year-old is still missing after missing international duty. He is not expected to return for the game against Arsenal, with Klopp aiming for later in October.

Klopp said on September 12: “No, I don’t expect him [Keita] to go on international duty. The expected return date is somewhere in October, that’s why we had to make the decision. With Ox it is the same and that’s why the two boys are not in the Champions League squad because of their expected return.”

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The former England international, who has been plagued by injuries over the years, suffered a serious hamstring injury in pre-season in July during a friendly against Crystal Palace.

The 28-year-old has not been seen on the training ground since, as he recovers from another muscle injury. 

And Klopp has had to make do without the attacking midfielder, leaving him out of the Champions League squad in August.

“With Oxlade it will take longer. It’s a serious hamstring injury and it will take longer,” said Klopp. “But it’s a hamstring, and we all hate this word, we hate the injury but anyway it happens from time to time and now Ox was the one.”

Curtis Jones

Klopp has also been without the useful and versatile Jones, who may have returned to action too quickly after being sidelined with an injury just weeks before.

He has a recurrence of a previous tibia injury that has kept him out of training, and Klopp insists the club has had to protect the 21-year-old from causing long-term damage, with no return date set for the youngster.

On September 6, he said: “When Curtis was out previously, he had a stress reaction in a bone around the tibia. It was absolutely fine, but he trained twice and then felt it again. It’s not as bad as the first time but bad enough to [stop him] training. We have to be careful.”

Liverpool injury update as Klopp sweating on four key players for Arsenal encounter