Liverpool fans on Twitter have reacted after Takumi Minamino became the latest Red to pick up an injury this weekend.
The Japanese FA announced that Minamino has withdrawn from the squad for the current international break after sustaining a knock.
The 26-year-old was an unused substitute as the Samurai Blue lost 1-0 to Oman in their opening World Cup qualifier on Thursday.
So, we can only assume that he picked up some form of knock in training. There have been very few details announced just yet.
He will now fly back to Merseyside and will miss Tuesday’s game against China.
Hajime Moriyasu’s side are in a difficult qualification group alongside the likes of Australia and Saudi Arabia for the Qatar World Cup. They would be expected to easily finish as one of the top two sides and qualify for the next stage, but an opening day loss may put a dampener on this expectation.
They will be hoping to get Minamino back as soon as possible.
While the Echo have reported that the injury is not believed to be serious, it is more bad news for Liverpool.
Minamino injury lightens options even more
Liverpool are already short on attacking options. They decided against strengthening the position over the summer for whatever reason.
Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota are excellent options. But both Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have been in very patchy form this year.
This means that Minamino could have a big role to play this season.
We expected him to leave the club after an unsuccessful loan spell at Southampton in 2020/21. Yet he has stayed around and will be a part of the squad for the coming campaign.
So, this injury will be awful news for Jurgen Klopp. We all remember the defensive injury crisis of last year.
With Firmino also on the sidelines at the minute, another crisis, in attack this time, is a big threat.
It could be the case that the decision to not sign an attacker this summer comes back to bite us.
What does Twitter think?
Fans are wary after last season. They are disappointed that Liverpool didn’t learn from their mistakes and are worried that we could see a repeat of 2020/21.
They have made these feelings known on Twitter.
Others are pointing out the fact that Liverpool players seem to have some form of international break curse because a Red seems to pick up an injury during every single one.
To be fair, Daniel Sturridge and Naby Keita account for about half of these, but they have a point.
International break always come with injuries.— Jichu (@JichuuLiverpool) September 4, 2021
And the injuries start to roll in… More to follow pic.twitter.com/0WUjo80KpE— kazoorice (@wearewinnin) September 4, 2021
it’s gonna be like the center back problem all over again but with our attackers 🤦♂️— Tommy (@TommyIfc) September 4, 2021
So our only back up is Origi? Great— Λίβερπουλ (@Radiantlux23) September 4, 2021
Oh no here we go again— Justin Cole LIVERPOOL FC MY LIFE (@JustinC94019825) September 4, 2021
This is going to be beautiful to watch. Milner playing 9— Kimeshin chetty (@chetty01) September 4, 2021