This Saturday sees Liverpool take on Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Reds can achieve a few milestones at the weekend: Jürgen Klopp’s side can reach 38 games unbeaten, set a record points total for 21 games and win at more Premier League grounds than any other side. Tottenham have been rocked by injuries of late but the Reds have problems of their own – James Milner and Naby Keita have been ruled out of the clash with Spurs.
James Milner was one of the victims of the hectic winter schedule. We played far too much football over a six week period and Milly eventually succumbed – limping off after nine minutes against Everton in the FA Cup. After the game the boss said it was serious. Thankfully, Yasser Larouci had a blinder in Milner’s absence.
We haven’t seen Keita this year. The Guinean midfielder was named in the starting lineup to face Sheffield United at the start of the month but he picked up a hamstring injury in the warm up which has ruled him out since.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, broadcast on the club’s official YouTube channel, Jürgen Klopp confirmed that James Milner and Naby Keita won’t take part on Saturday, telling the press:
“James and Naby are not unavailable. Both are muscle injuries, different, and they are different people. We will see how quick it will be. We don’t have to put a timeframe on it. We are open to when they want to join us again, when the medical team gives them the green light. Not for this weekend, not for next week. then we will see.”
What RTK has to say
These injuries are unfortunate but we need to look at the positives. The less selection headache for the boss the better, these two absences should hand more opportunities to the returning Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the hungry Curtis Jones.
How much football Jones is trusted with in the coming weeks remains to be seen but we know that the lad wants more minutes, with Klopp down two centre midfielders at the moment, we may see Jones get his way.