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Liverpool have three injury concerns still to be assessed

The international break has proven to be an unwelcome headache for Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff as Liverpool’s injury list continues to grow at a worryingly exponential rate.

Joe Gomez was the first Liverpool casualty and the 23-year-old is expected to miss the majority of the season after he became the second central defender this season to pick up a long-term knee injury.

Prior to his setback, he had been Klopp and Liverpool’s most durable and consistent central defensive figure in 2020/21.

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Liverpool’s misery was compounded even further when Andy Robertson was reported to have suffered a hamstring problem on national team duty with Scotland.

His injury ensures every member of the club’s first-choice defensive quartet is currently nursing a fitness issue.

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However, there is hope for the Premier League champions after Scotland manager Steve Clarke confirmed everyone of his players are ‘fit and available’ for tonight’s Nations League clash with Israel.

 

Whether or not Robertson is to participate remains to be seen and if he is involved we will all be watching through our fingers as Scotland look to take a significant step closer to a World Cup 2022 play-off place.

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England duo also to be assessed

Liverpool club-captain Jordan Henderson was sent back to Merseyside earlier this week following England’s defeat to Belgium on Sunday.

The 30-year-old was removed at half-time following complaints of a back problem that provoked fears of a long-term absence for the Reds skipper.

However, according to The Mirror, those fears have been eased, with Liverpool cautiously optimistic that Henderson could be fit in time for the match against Leicester City on Sunday.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Rhys Williams remains another injury concern after England under-21 head-coach Aidy Boothroyd confirmed he sent the Liverpool defender back home after worries of a potential hip injury.

He was not included in the squad to face Albania tonight but according to The ECHO, is still in contention for some sort of involvment against Leicester City.

“He had a very minor stiff hip,” Boothroyd said. “It was in his best interests to get him back to Liverpool

“With all the players, if there’s any potential injuries or niggles then our medical staff is in contact with the club.

“He had a very minor stiff hip,” Boothroyd said. “It was in his best interests to get him back to Liverpool.

“With all the players, if there’s any potential injuries or niggles then our medical staff is in contact with the club.

“Rhys wasn’t actually on the bench so I thought the best thing was to get him back to Liverpool.”

According to The Mail, Klopp is to pair both Joel Matip and Nathaniel Phillips together for the clash against Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes.

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