Liverpool have some injury news to deal with against West Ham United on Sunday. The Reds will be without five first-team players.
Liverpool confirmed their injury news on Friday, announcing that five players will almost certainly miss West Ham. In fact, the Reds can’t say for sure if they’ll be ready after the international break.
Let’s have a look at who’s missing.
Firmino came off the bench against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday but didn’t last long. He ended up heading down the tunnel prematurely and it turns out he has a hamstring problem.
“Bobby is not good news with a serious hamstring injury, really unfortunate,” said Jurgen Klopp. “We don’t know exactly how long he will be out but it will be not now after the international break directly. We have to work on that.”
With that, a front-three of Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane seems set in stone.
We suspect that Gomez would have played against Atletico. Instead, he missed the game through injury and will apparently miss the West Ham game, too.
That leaves Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate as options. It’s up for debate who suits Sunday’s game best, though.
Konate, who had the midweek off, could be an interesting option again.
Jones picked up a nasty eye injury in training ahead of the Champions League fixture. It appears it was bad enough to rule him out of the weekend, too.
That opens the door for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to retain his place. Thiago, now back from injury, could get his first start in some time as an alternative.
It’s such a shame that Keita picked up another injury. We loved his performance against Manchester United and there was real excitement around the Guinean.
But a hamstring issue will rule him out of a second game here. Klopp is hopeful for a return post-international break but there’s no guarantee.
And a third hamstring problem here as Milner will also miss the trip to East London. Milner stepped up very well with the likes of Fabinho and Thiago out, but Liverpool can’t call on him this time.
Once again, the hope is that he’ll be okay after two weeks off.