Jürgen Klopp, already deprived of many executives and seriously injured, received further bad news during this international truce. Indeed, the Liverpool infirmary was even more crowded following the physical problems encountered by Andrew Robertson and Jordan Henderson.
“You are killing the players! You wake up and play. A real recovery phase is essential. The Premier League has to solve this problem, it can’t be solved any other way.” Last week, Jürgen Klopp let his anger explode. The cause? The numerous injuries that have been decimating his squad since the start of the season. And the list goes on and on.
Indeed, the Liverpool infirmary is so full that it is overflowing on all sides. While Alexander Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was hit in the knee, hasn’t played this season, and Thiago Alcântara, also with a knee injury, has only played two games, other managers have suffered from physical problems of varying degrees of severity.
Virgil van Dijk, victim of a ruptured cruciate ligament, and Joe Gomez, hit in the patellar tendon, should, unless a miracle happens, no longer play in 2020-2021. Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold will also have to observe several weeks of extra rest due to hamstring discomfort during the last few outings with the Reds.
Positive salah at Covid-19 plus two injured in the national team
In addition to these six players, three others will have to throw in the towel in Sunday’s clash with Premier League leaders Leicester. Among them, Mohamed Salah, who tested positive at Covid-19, but also Andrew Robertson and Jordan Henderson. The Scottish left-back and the English midfielder were both injured with their respective selections, a priori due to hamstring problems. Nine forfeits, Klopp can have it bad. And nothing says it’s not over –