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Return dates as Liverpool hit by new injuries involving Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz and Cody Gakpo





Klopp went into the game missing nine first-team players: Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate, Curtis Jones, Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic, and Ben Doak, and the trio of attackers may now be on the injured list following a bruising encounter with Erik ten Hag’s men.

Ryan Gravenberch was in the match-day squad for Sunday’s game, but he hasn’t played since the Carabao Cup final nearly a month ago, and Egypt granted the Reds special permission to keep Mohamed Salah on Merseyside for the international break following his own recent return from a hamstring injury.

Klopp revealed following Sunday’s game that Gakpo, Nunez, and Diaz all received injuries that will need to be closely watched ahead of the national games.

Klopp told BBC Sport: “Now that the boys are on international duty, they need to recover. We hope they return healthy. We had some issues. Lucho (Diaz) felt his groin, Darwin his hamstring; hoping it isn’t. I believe Cody has twisted his ankle. I didn’t receive it back, so we’ll have to see.

“I’m not sure when they play their first game, but it will definitely be in four or five days; it’s a crazy schedule. Let’s hoping they get through it and then the rest of the season begins.

“The more boys we have available, the better our chances are. to end the season in style. We’ll see. For the time being, we are out, and I truly feel for our people. We gave a good performance at times, but so did our team.

“I feel bad for them because they’ll have to listen to some Manchester United fans [gloat] for the next week or two. But we’ll come back in a few weeks and try again.”

Klopp continued, “How could I doubt the character of my boys?” I don’t, because what they’ve done this season is remarkable.

“I detest losing, but today we must take it. If we employed the situations, the game would be over, but we didn’t. They run through the open door. We don’t feel great right now, but I’m still proud.

“The boys offered all. Our decision-making was not always superb. We could have identified a better player for the counterattack, but we didn’t. However, we performed exceptionally well in several situations but did not capitalize on it.

“You must accept the result. They deserve to advance to the next round. There was a point in the second half when we should have finished but didn’t, and we knew they could come back. They had tremendous chances again, and we should not forget that. However, we had a scenario in the second half where we should have finished the game but did not.

“I believe my guys shown wonderful character again. Excellent work yet again. Everyone showed it. Our season cannot be compared to United’s in terms of number of games played. Especially recently, but that’s okay, we’ll cope with it. We may have won the game despite our timetable.


Jack Lusby

Liverpool currently have nine first-team players out through injury, but Jurgen Klopp can hope to have at least three of those back within the next fortnight.


It has been an ongoing narrative during the Reds’ rough start to the season, with injuries plaguing every position on the pitch.


This is no different ahead of the final games before the international break – of which there are now one fewer following the postponement of the meeting with Wolves.


Here is the latest on nine injuries within the first-team squad and when they can be expected back.


Caoimhin Kelleher

Injury: Groin

Out since: July 4

Expected return: Unknown


Kelleher has been sidelined since the first day of pre-season having been diagnosed with a groin problem which, Klopp insists, was overlooked while on duty with the Republic of Ireland.


The 23-year-old appeared to be nearing a return at the end of August, with the manager revealing that he was due for “normal goalkeeper training,” but he remained absent for the trip to Napoli.


It still remains to be seen when Kelleher is back in the fold.




Ibrahima Konate

Injury: Knee

Out since: July 31

Expected return: Late September


The Frenchman picked up a knock to his knee in the 3-0 friendly defeat to Strasbourg at the end of pre-season, and he is yet to return to full training.


Earlier this month, however, Klopp explained that Konate was due back “in and around the international break,” which suggests he may make the squad for the meeting with Brighton on October 1.



Calvin Ramsay

Injury: Back

Out since: July 4

Expected return: Unknown


Like Kelleher, summer signing Ramsay has not been involved in training since the very first day of pre-season, with Klopp describing his issue as “something to do with age and growing.”


Klopp did add, though, that the right-back is “really getting closer and closer,” and there is a chance he joins full training before the end of September.




Jordan Henderson

Injury: Hamstring

Out since: August 31

Expected return: Late September


The injury that sparked Liverpool into late action in the transfer market, Henderson picked up a hamstring issue in the 2-1 win over Newcastle, leading to the loan signing of Arthur.


It was later reported that the captain would face around three weeks out, with Klopp expecting him back following the international break.


Pencil in Brighton on October 1 as Henderson’s likely return.




Naby Keita

Injury: Thigh

Out since: August 21

Expected return: Late September


The situation surrounding Keita is a bizarre one.


While the timing of the No. 8’s injury, amid reports he is unhappy with his position at the club, is suspect, Klopp has insisted that it is genuine and would keep him out “for a while.”


But though it led Liverpool to omit Keita from the Champions League squad for the group stage – hinting he would be out until at least November – he has since been called up by Guinea for the September international break.


“His situation is improving and he is even ahead of schedule,” manager Kaba Diawara claimed after naming his squad.




Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Injury: Hamstring

Out since: July 15

Expected return: October at the earliest


A long-term absentee, Oxlade-Chamberlain has been out since suffering a serious hamstring injury in the 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace during pre-season.


“It’s a hamstring,” Klopp explained soon after.


“We all hate this word, we hate the injury, but it happens from time to time and now Ox was the one.”


Reports have since claimed that the earliest Liverpool’s No. 15 could return is October, but it is likely that he will be missing for even longer than that, with Klopp’s latest update maintaining he will be “out for a while.”




Curtis Jones

Injury: Calf

Out since: Early September

Expected return: Unknown


Having returned to the Liverpool squad for the 2-1 win over Newcastle, Jones then suffered another setback which ruled him out against Everton and Napoli.


“It’s not as bad as the first time,” Klopp said this week, “but it’s bad enough to not be involved in team training again, which is not very helpful.”




Fabio Carvalho

Injury: Dead leg

Out since: September 3

Expected return: Back vs. Ajax


Carvalho is one of the few Liverpool players to have benefited from the postponement of the clash with Wolves, with the Portuguese given further time to recover from a dead leg.


There were hopes the 20-year-old would be back to take on Wolves at Anfield, but now it seems almost certain he will be involved again when Ajax visit on September 13.




Kaide Gordon

Injury: Pelvis

Out since: February

Expected return: Unknown


For a long time, Gordon’s situation was a mystery, with the teenager not having been in action since February.


But it has been revealed that he is currently suffering with a pelvic injury, which is the latest in a series of fitness problems since his breakthrough at first-team level.


No return date has been set for Gordon at this stage, with Liverpool being “careful” with his recovery, but the hope is that he will be able to train again in the near future.


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Calvin Ramsay, Caoimhin Kelleher, Curtis Jones, Fabio Carvalho, Ibrahima Konate, Injuries, Jordan Henderson, Kaide Gordon, Naby Keita



Liverpool injury and Return Dates

Potential return game: Brighton (H), Sunday 31 March.


Ibrahima Konate – muscleYet if supporters last summer had been told that the Reds would be joint-top of the Premier League, into the Europa League last eight and already won the Carabao Cup, they would have taken such a scenario.

Cody Gakpo – ankle

The Dutchman was the third forward who picked up an issue against United. However, Gakpo’s problem has not prevented him from meeting up with his national team.


Potential return game: Brighton (H), Sunday 31 March.


Curtis Jones – ankleThe midfielder has been absent for the previous month after being forced off in a 4-1 win over Brentford. Jones was being considered for an England senior call-up by Gareth Southgate. However, Klopp recently revealed that Jones is set to be back after the international break.


Potential return game: Brighton (H), Sunday 31 March.


Trent Alexander-Arnold – knee

Liverpool’s vice-captain has been on the treatment table for more than a month, having had the same issue in January. Klopp believes that Alexander-Arnold has a chance of being back the week after the campaign returns.The defender has missed the Reds’ previous three games, having failed in the race to be fit against United. However, Konate interestingly has reported for France duty which suggests he is coming towards the end of his problem.


Potential return game: Brighton (H), Sunday 31 March.


Luis Diaz – groin

The winger came off in the 114th minute in the loss to the Red Devils. But Diaz has linked up with Colombia and that bodes well.


Potential return game: Brighton (H), Sunday 31 March.Potential return game: Sheffield United (H), Thursday 4 April or Man Utd (A), Sunday 7 April.


Diogo Jota – knee

The forward had to be stretchered off at Brentford. There had been fears Jota would be absent for a couple of months but Klopp revealed that the Portugal international might be back shortly after the international break.Potential return game: Sheffield United (H), Thursday 4 April or Man Utd (A), Sunday 7 April.


Stefan Bajcetic – other

The midfielder has been limited to just two appearances this season because of growing issues. Bajcetic is currently undergoing a mini pre-season programme and there are hopes he can return to team training after the international break.


Potential return game: Sheffield United (H), Thursday 4 April or Man Utd (A), Sunday 7 April.Alisson Becker – hamstring

Liverpool’s No.1 goalkeeper has a ‘rather serious’ issue according to Klopp. The Reds boss did not give a date when Alisson could be back when asked if any players might make a return to fitness after the international break.


Potential return game: N/A