Jurgen Klopp says three Liverpool players picked up ‘knocks’ against Arsenal on Thursday evening. News sounds positive, however.
Liverpool played out a very, very frustrating 0-0 with Arsenal on Thursday. The Reds were up against 10 men for the vast majority of the game but failed to put enough pressure on their opponents.
In fact, they didn’t even manage a shot on target until stoppage time. It was a poor performance – albeit a fairly controlled one.
Attention now turns to Brentford on Sunday, though, as Liverpool try to make up ground in the Premier League title race. They have a few injury concerns, too, coming out of the Arsenal fixture.
Jurgen Klopp told a press conference on Friday that Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and James Milner all picked up ‘knocks’. Fortunately, medical staff assure him that they should be okay for Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp expects Liverpool players to be okay
“As far as I know, no real injuries,” he said. “Robbo got a knock, Virg got a knock, Millie got a knock. But last night, after the game, they told be all will be fine.
“We will see but no injuries so far. It means the same squad will be available.”
That’s good news, certainly. Though, it doesn’t mean Liverpool aren’t without their problems. They had six first-team players missing on Thursday and that’s going to continue through Sunday, it seems.
Now, Liverpool can still boast a strong squad for the game. The real worry will be if Klopp can stretch it across both Sunday and the second-leg against Arsenal next Thursday. That’s a big ask up top, in particular, where Takumi Minamino, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota are the only serious options.
We’ll have to see what Klopp comes up with, then. As things stand, though, it’s all positive coming out of the Arsenal game. Injury-wise, at least.