The international break has proven to be an unwelcome period for Liverpool and has done very little to ease the club’s injury crisis. In fact, if anything it has made circumstances a whole lot worse.
Virgil van Dijk remains a likely causality for the majority of the season after he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury last month.
In the final match before the international break, Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered a calf issue which saw him remain on Merseyside to begin his rehabilitation process as opposed to linking up with the England squad.
And with the players away, the injury woes seemingly continued to increase after Joe Gomez was ruled out for a lengthy period on the sidelines following a knee injury which later required surgery.
19-year-old Rhys Williams was also sent back to Merseyside earlier than expected while on England under-21 duty after complaints of a hip issue.
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Wales stand-in manager Rob Page also made matters worse for Klopp after he revealed Neco Williams missed yesterday’s clash with Finland because he ‘took a kick to the foot on Saturday’, as per Sky Sports.
However, Liverpool were finally handed some good news on the injury front after Andy Robertson started and played the full 90 minutes for Scotland last night during the 1-0 defeat to Israel.
Robertson, 26, was believed to have been struggling with a hamstring strain, raising the possibility of Liverpool being without all four members of their first-choice defensive quartet.
His involvement last night indicates that Robertson should be fit and in contention to take on Premier League leaders Leicester City on Sunday.
According to Sky Sports, Liverpool are also confident that club-captain Jordan Henderson will be ready in time to face his former manager Brendan Rodgers at the weekend.
The 30-year-old was sent home while on national team duty earlier this week as a result of a back problem following the Nations League defeat to Belgium in Leuven.
It is reported that Southgate’s decision to remove Henderson from the squad was a precautionary measure, meaning Klopp could look to his skipper to start against the Foxes.
Liverpool received another fitness boost this week in the form of midfield duo Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who are both ‘close’ to making returns.
According to The Mail, Fabinho, 27, is now said to be ‘close’ to returning, while Oxlade-Chamberlain’s comeback is believed to be just a matter of weeks away.