It seems to be that time of year when Liverpool is plagued by injuries and illness. Michael Mongie has your injury update for today with more to report than would be preferable.
As it stands, Philippe Coutinho, Joel Matip, Daniel Sturridge, James Milner and Jordan Henderson are all injured – whether it be a slight knock or the tail end of a long rehab process.
Many had hoped that Coutinho would make a cameo appearance against Manchester City on New Year’s Eve but Jurgen Klopp correctly chose to rest him as it would be pointless to win the game but lose Coutinho for another month if the injury was aggravated. The Brazilian, along with Joel Matip, also missed the 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
It’s difficult to predict when either will return as Klopp has not given an update on either since before the Man City game. Liverpool play Plymouth Argyle this weekend in the first FA Cup game of the season and it’s likely that both will miss the game as there won’t be much importance placed on an FA Cup third round game against a League Two side.
As far as Jordan Henderson is concerned, the Englishman was substituted against Man City with a heel problem and subsequently missed the following game against Sunderland.
Klopp said that it’s likely that the FA Cup game will likely be too soon for Henderson, saying, “I don’t know exactly. Hopefully, it’s not too serious, but the FA Cup will be difficult.”
Henderson’s composure and brilliant passing were sorely missed at Sunderland as the Black Cats were allowed to dictate the tempo for large portions of the game. While Hendo won’t be as sorely missed against Plymouth Argyle, three days later Liverpool take on Southampton in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final at Saint Mary’s.
Daniel Sturridge and James Milner both picked up knocks against Sunderland and were both withdrawn, but Klopp wasn’t worried about either.
“[Sturridge] got a knock on his right ankle. I don’t think it’s too bad, ” Klopp said”
“[Milner] felt like he got a knock on the calf,” he continued. “But he didn’t know exactly if he got a knock. So then we needed to be really careful, so that’s why we made a change.”
With such a congested fixture list, Liverpool fans will be praying their side can come out the other side unscathed. None of the injuries that the Melwood medical staff are monitoring are serious so there is that to be positive about. Plus, Coutinho should be returning soon and he’ll be a boost to the side in Sadio Mane’s absence.