Liverpool have been incredibly unfortunate with injuries all season long. Jurgen Klopp has lost a host of players to cruel setbacks and pandemic related issues. As the international break approaches, the Reds boss will be determined to avoid any further absentees. Thankfully, Liverpool are set to avoid another reoccurring incident that has blighted them in the past.
Since the start of the season, Klopp has seen the bulk of his Premier League squad totally decimated by injuries.
He’s lost Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all to season-ending injuries.
In fact, the only players to have spent less than three weeks on the sidelines are Andy Robertson, Gini Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Gareth Southgate selects his England squad
The England squad was announced today and it failed to include a single Liverpool player.
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Gomez and Jordan Henderson, of course, are injured while Trent Alexander-Arnold was omitted with Reece James, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker selected ahead of the West Derby full-back.
The Three Lions await three World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland.
Good news for Klopp and Liverpool
While we are all scratching our heads over Southgate’s decision to overlook Trent, we can’t help but look at the benefits this can have directly on Liverpool.
For one, it will mean there will not be another repeat of two separate incidents with England, most recently in November, that have drastically impacted Klopp’s squad.
Back in November 2019, after Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield, Gomez and Raheem Sterling were involved in an altercation, which saw the latter excluded for the following game.
Gomez was subsequently booed when he came on against Montenegro. A day later, Gomez picked up a knee injury in training when he collided with Trippier.
To make matters worse, a similar scenario transpired a year later when Gomez suffered another knee injury, just weeks after Virgil van Dijk ruptured his ACL, while on England duty.
He has yet to play since Southgate confirmed the news back in November that Gomez had sustained an injury, which later required surgery.
The fact that Liverpool will avoid any further injury controversy with England this time around is only a good thing from where Klopp is concerned.
Given the nature of Liverpool’s plethora of injury setbacks this term, particularly in defence, another potential casualty would have been devastating.
Luckily, it appears that Liverpool are due to avoid such controversy this month, at least from the England camp that is.