Jurgen Klopp provides Liverpool injury update amid Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah concerns

The Reds are in line to play League Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley this Sunday

By Web Desk
February 20, 2024
Jurgen Klopp. - AFP

Jurgen Klopp has provided an update on injuries, anticipating a lengthy absence for Diogo Jota and an indefinite period without Alisson Becker.

Dominik Szoboszlai is rapidly running out of time to demonstrate his fitness for the League Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley this Sunday.

Jota sustained a knee injury in the first half of the 4-1 Premier League victory against Brentford on Saturday, while Alisson was absent due to a hamstring issue picked up in training the day before.

The extent of Alisson's injury is yet to be determined, leading to Caoimhin Kelleher likely taking an extended role as the goalkeeper, having started the last two matches.

The Reds suffered a setback as Curtis Jones was ruled out due to injury over the weekend. Unfortunately, the midfielder won't be available for Wednesday's Premier League match against Luton Town either. Darwin Nunez was taken off at half-time during the Brentford game as a precautionary measure, and there are reports from Egypt suggesting that Mohamed Salah encountered an issue during his comeback after being sidelined for over a month with a hamstring problem.

When questioned about the most recent injury updates, Klopp commented on Tuesday afternoon: "Not great, I would like to say no issues but we have some. Not available: Ali, muscle injury, we don't know how long it will take but definitely not the foreseeable time coming back. Then we have Diogo with a knee issue is ruled out. Curtis, with a bone/ligament issue, is ruled out.

"With others, we will deal with it day by day. With muscle things, we will see for tomorrow. If you see the line-up early enough you can see who made it and who didn't make it. That's it, pretty much."

"With Diogo it will obviously rather take months (not weeks). And Curtis... with injuries you have important days, like day five or day 10, when you judge the situation again, because not everyone reacts in same way. It depends on pain level they still have and stuff like this. I couldn't give you a timeframe even if I wanted to. They all react differently. That is just how it is. When you don't have these players it makes no sense (to speculate)."

Szoboszlai aggravated a hamstring issue earlier this month but has not yet resumed full training having tentatively targeted Sunday's League Cup final for a return, with Trent Alexander-Arnold among those already ruled out of the Wembley showpiece.

And Klopp said: "The longer-term, Trent, and Dom are on their way back but not in team training yet, so that means they are not available as well. That is the situation. What I said after the game directly is as long as we have 11 players we will go for it and that is exactly the idea. With the boys it's day by day and with the games it's game by game."