Liverpool injury news on Mo Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold
Liverpool is praying that their growing injury problems do not impede their pursuit of the Premier League title.
Last weekend’s 3-1 victory over Burnley saw the Reds maintain their composure and return to the top of the table. Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz, and Diogo Jota scored goals at Anfield to show that Jurgen Klopp’s team was not intimidated by Manchester City, who had leapfrogged to the top after defeating Everton 2-0.
However, Trent Alexander-Arnold’s knee issue returned, forcing a halftime substitution, which was disappointing. Following the year’s start, the right-back missed four games due to a three-week suspension. To find out the full scope of Alexander-Arnold’s issue, the Reds will now have to wait.
The same region in the knee, Klopp stated in an interview with Sky Sports. Nothing too serious, but he sensed it once more, and we need to observe and evaluate it.
“Trent said it’s fine, but it’s not fine [because] he feels it so we had to be careful and took him off.”
Liverpool’s training schedule is uncluttered this week as they get ready to travel to Brentford on Saturday (12.30 GMT).
In order to play the Bees, the Reds will be praying that Mo Salah returns in time. The winger has been sidelined due to a hamstring injury he sustained while playing for Egypt in the African Cup of Nations last month. In an attempt to get back to full health, Salah shared pictures of himself in the gym at Liverpool’s AXA Training Centre on Instagram yesterday.
The Reds are hoping that Salah, who has scored eighteen goals this season, can return to training in part this week, as Klopp stated prior to Burnley’s victory. “Right direction,” he said. We’re hoping, though we’re not sure, that he can participate in some of the training the next week. However, we must observe that he is currently going through every stage, which is good. Next week or the week after is when it happens.
In addition, Ibrahima Konate was not available for Liverpool’s encounter against Burnley due to his one-match ban following his red card in the defeat against Arsenal. It is encouraging that the center-back will be available for the Brentford match.
Alisson Becker and Joe Gomez were both absent due to illness. Gomez was not risked despite having the flu and reporting for duty the night before the game despite still having a temperature. That implies that he will probably rejoin the team to face Burnley. Alisson, the goalie, was unable to “drink or sleep,” albeit this will depend on how quickly he recovers.
Conor Bradley might possibly make a comeback to Merseyside this week. Following the death of his father, the 20-year-old was granted compassionate leave, and the club is extending his leave as much as they can. But Klopp disclosed that Bradley might resume training. The boy spends as much time as necessary with his family. I believe he will resume training [starting] next week, but we’ll see,” the German stated.
It’s okay too if he doesn’t feel like it. He’s in the ideal place right now, still with his family.
The return date for Dominik Szoboszlai’s hamstring problem is unknown. The midfield player is still unsure if he will play in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Chelsea. The game is scheduled for February 25.
During Thiago Alcantara’s first game back at Arsenal in nine months, he suffered a new muscle injury. Long-term absentees are Stefan Bajcetic (growing pains), Joel Matip, and Ben Doak (both knee).