Bad luck for Liverpool fans.
It looks like our Swiss midfielder will not feature in the starting line-up against MK Dons. Liverpool have just announced Shaqiri is ruled out for the game due to a calf injury.
Shaqiri has not had the best of luck since this season started. He has had around 20 minutes game time altogether and just when it looks like he could get a game- he gets an injury.
In the Liverpool press conference, it was Klopp’s assistant manager Pep Lijnders that broke the news:
“Yesterday towards the end of training, Shaq felt his calf stiffen up a little bit,” Lijnders said. “He couldn’t continue and a scan showed he had a little tear there. We need to wait a couple of days, but for sure he is not in contention.” (Echo)
This is not the first time the 27 year-old has struggled with leg injury.
The Swiss midfielder has a history of tearing muscles in his body, particularly in his calves. It was only recently that Shaqiri recovered from the torn calf he received in the Nation’s League clash against England.
Hopefully it’s not too serious and he’ll recover quickly.
So what does that mean for Liverpool?
With Mane’s dead leg, Origi’s ankle injury and now Shaqiri with his calf, we are at a disadvantage in terms of senior players. On the bright side, we do have cover.
Rhian Brewster is expected to make his debut tomorrow alongside Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lallana. Klopp is also expected to rotate the defence, allowing Gomez and Lovren to be at the centre.
Shaqiri will get another chance to start- right now he should focus on getting better.