Liverpool injury update | Which players will be available for Brighton Clash?
Liverpool were due to play Wolverhampton Wanderers on September 10, but that was postponed as part of a nationwide ban from football by the Football Association following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II last Thursday.
They returned to UEFA competition on Tuesday night with a 2-1 win over Ajax in the Champions League, but will not play Chelsea on Sunday as scheduled following further suspension.
The international break is due to follow the Premier League‘s eighth match week, meaning Liverpool won’t be in action until they take on Brighton & Hove Albion on October 1.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have had a somewhat disappointing start to the season, with the Reds currently sitting 7th after six games and a 4-1 hammering in their Champions League opener against Napoli.
This is partly due to an unusual number of injuries, mostly in midfield, after Thiago, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita all missed at some point through injury. This prompted Arthur Melo’s loan signing deadline from Juventus.
In Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Ajax at Anfield, Liverpool were able to fully welcome Joel Matip, Thiago and Diogo Jota into the starting XI – with all three proving crucial to victory.
There are still eight first-team players still out of Jurgen Klopp’s squad – but many are expected to take significant steps on their way to recovery ahead of Liverpool’s next game.
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First up is Jordan Henderson, who initially feared he would be out for a long time with injury but is now expected to be back in form for the encounter with Brighton & Hove Albion on October 1.
Jurgen Klopp has also confirmed that Andrew Robertson will be out until ‘after the international break’. This was after “he felt something” late in Liverpool’s 4-1 loss to Napoli.
Ibrahima Konaté is one of the few players who hasn’t played at all this season for Liverpool, but is expected to return to training during the international break. However, there is no timescale for the return of Curtis Jones, who has been sidelined since Liverpool’s FA Community Shield victory over Manchester City.
Caoimhin Kelleher may also be available at Jurgen Klopp’s discretion after footage of the Irish goalkeeper in training. This could allay job-related concerns, especially with the somewhat unpredictable nature of Alisson’s availability.
New right-back signing Calvin Ramsey could also be available in a matter of weeks after Jurgen Klopp confirmed he was getting closer and closer, which could indicate his return to training may not be long in coming. after the international break. The 19-year-old is yet to make his debut for the club.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita are expected to be out for much longer through injury, with Oxlade-Chamberlain suffering from a hamstring injury in pre-season. Naby Keita is expected to be out to some extent in October, despite being selected for international duty for Guinea.
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