March 1, 2024

Liverpool injury update: Latest on Salah, Nunez, Szoboszlai, Endo and eight more | Football | Sport

Injuries have decimated the squads of Premier League teams this season but not many have had the volume Liverpool now suffer. Jurgen Klopp’s side head to Nottingham Forest on Saturday with at least 12 players who have fitness doubts hanging over their heads. Express Sport provides a run-down of all the Reds’ latest injury news…

Mohamed Salah – Hamstring

Salah suffered a hamstring injury while playing for Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations. The winger returned to face Brentford on February 17, scoring and then providing an assist. However, Salah is believed to have felt discomfort in the same area and has subsequently missed Liverpool’s last three matches. He could return against Forest.

Darwin Nunez – Muscle

Many wondered if Darwin Nunez had been hauled off at half-time in the same clash with Brentford, with Jurgen Klopp having seen Diogo Jota and Curtis Jones taken off in the first half. The Uruguayan’s problem was later revealed to be more serious than initially presumed, though, and he has not been seen since. Nunez could feature against Forest.

Dominik Szoboszlai – Hamstring

Summer signing Dominik Szoboszlai was plagued by a hamstring injury in January and appeared to make it worse after scoring in the 4-1 thrashing of Chelsea on January 31. The Hungarian midfielder, like Salah and Nunez, could finally return on Saturday.

Endo Wataru – Ankle

Endo became Liverpool’s 12th absentee when he was spotted leaving Wembley on crutches last Sunday. Klopp labelled the Japan international a “machine” after watching the midfielder climb the Wembley steps with what he described as the stiffest legs he had ever seen. The 31-year-old is not believed to be out long-term, though, and could feature against Forest.

Joel Matip – Knee

Unlike the previous four Liverpool players, Matip has no chance of playing for Liverpool in the immediate future. The defender is widely considered to be out for the remainder of the season with the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury he suffered against Fulham on December 3.

Diogo Jota – Knee

There were worrying scenes when Diogo Jota was carried off on a stretcher in the first half against Brentford. Klopp later confirmed that the forward had suffered an injury to his medial collateral ligament (MCL). The most serious of MCL injuries take around six weeks to recover from, meaning Jota should return some time in March.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – Knee

Alexander-Arnold is another Liverpool star absent with a knee ligament injury. Klopp has confirmed that the issue concerns the lateral collateral ligament (LCL). LCL injuries are nowhere near as serious as ACL problems but a simple tear can still take up to 12 weeks to recover from, depending on the severity. Alexander-Arnold, who has not played since the 3-1 win over Burnley on February 10, could return in the next few weeks.

Alisson Becker – Hamstring

Brazil head coach Dorival Junior confirmed that Alisson will not be available for March’s international fixtures. The goalkeeper has a hamstring injury that has kept him out since the 3-1 defeat against Arsenal on February 3. Liverpool’s next game after the international break falls on March 31 when Brighton travel to Anfield.

Stefan Bajcetic – Hip

Teenage midfielder Bajcetic has missed most of the season with a hip injury. Klopp recently confirmed that the Spaniard was feeling no pain in the area, so it could be a case of getting him up to speed.

Curtis Jones – Ankle

Jones hobbled off against Brentford with an ankle problem. Klopp has confirmed that of all Liverpool’s more serious injury absentees, the midfielder is the likeliest to return before players head away on international duty.

Ryan Gravenberch – Ankle

Gravenberch was taken off on a stretcher during the Carabao Cup final triumph over Chelsea. The midfielder has been ruled out for at least a few weeks with an ankle problem, but could feature against Manchester United in the FA Cup on March 10.

Thiago Alcantara – Hamstring

Thiago had hip surgery last May and suffered a setback in his rehabilitation earlier this season with a hamstring problem. The Brazilian returned for the FA Cup defeat against Arsenal, but felt discomfort in the same area despite playing only five minutes. Klopp has not put a timeframe on the midfielder’s return.


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