Injuries to Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson should rule them out of Crystal Palace against Liverpool.
Salah has carried an injury since before the last international break. His ankle, injured after a ‘tackle’ from Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury, still hasn’t fully healed and it ruled him out of Egypt’s games this week.
Robertson missed Scotland’s games this week, too – also with an ankle injury. Like Salah, he’s dealt with it for a number of weeks – “For the last two and a half weeks I’ve not trained at all for Liverpool,” he said (per the Echo).
And the Echo say that both are doubts for Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace. If that is the case, Jurgen Klopp really shouldn’t risk them.
Even if they weren’t such important players, you’d have to think twice. Liverpool’s fixture list is about to become truly crazy – they’ll play at least 12 games between now and the end of 2019.
That will stretch the squad thin. It’s not as though Liverpool have a particularly tiny squad, either, but any squad would suffer under those conditions.
And so Klopp and Liverpool shouldn’t risk aggravating any injuries against Palace. Yes, we have them down as ‘must-win’ games but this is something that makes that task more difficult, rather than an excuse to take risks.
Long term injuries to either would make December nigh-on impossible. The squad wouldn’t just be thin, but it would dramatically decrease in quality. That quality is particularly vital with a tired and overworked squad. You can certainly expect it to be both of those things.
It’s simply not worth taking a risk with them, just for a better chance of three points at Selhurst Park. Liverpool will just need to do it without them – as tough as that may be.