You have to commend the way Jurgen Klopp’s ‘mentality monsters’ have responded over the past month following a number of injuries to key players.
In the space of 90 minutes, Liverpool lost both Virgil van Dijk and Thiago Alcantara to knee injuries, each to a contrasting extent, during the draw with Everton last month, while Joel Matip was later taken to hospital to undergo a muscle scan.
Thiago, 29, is yet to make his full Anfield debut for his new club since completing a £25 million move from Bayern Munich earlier this summer, playing just over 135 minutes of football against Chelsea and Everton.
Liverpool were forced to regroup and establish a new existing central defensive partnership between Joe Gomez and Fabinho, only for the latter to sustain a hamstring problem during the win against FC Midtjylland, which has subsequently seen him miss the last three matches.
In that time, Gomez, 23, has been forced to partner three alternative central defenders in the form of Nat Phillips, Rhys Williams and Joel Matip – a period in which Liverpool clocked two wins and draw while conceding on just two occasions.
Liverpool have been utterly relentless in the face of adversity, winning five of their previous six fixtures – the other being the 1-1 stalemate at the Etihad Stadium.
Even in the most recent encounter for Klopp and his players, Liverpool were still without their overdue share of lady-luck, after being on the receiving end of a controversial VAR penalty decision before losing Trent Alexander-Arnold to a calf injury.
According to The Times, Alexander-Arnold is set to face up to four weeks on the sidelines and could miss Liverpool’s next five matches.
Sadly for Liverpool, this is has been the story of their season in what has been an upward battle to keep their title aspirations firmly on track.
Despite setback after setback, the Premier League champions sit third in the league standings, a point behind leaders Leicester City whom they face in their next fixture after the international break.
If you consider every casualty Klopp has been forced to combat this season, Liverpool have seen as many as 12 players ruled out for a period during the 2020/21 campaign – more than any other PL team.
As usual, though, Klopp and his players refuse to let significant losses lower their standards nor distract them from their goals.
The Liverpool manager has installed a relentless mindset that simply refuses to let up even during the most of testing times.
The battle with injury may continue for Liverpool well beyond the international break, but this still hasn’t been enough to throw the English champions off their game.
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