Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has shared the latest injury updates for his team as they prepare to face Newcastle United in the upcoming match.
The Reds are focused on maintaining their leading position in the Premier League. After their recent victory against Burnley and with Arsenal’s loss to West Ham, Liverpool have strengthened their position as the top team in the league.
However, this success has been shadowed by several injury concerns, with players like Andy Robertson and Alexis Mac Allister currently sidelined.
In a latest press conference, Klopp provided details on the status of these injured players. Robertson, who had a significant surgery, is still in the process of regaining full mobility in his shoulder before he can rejoin team activities.
Klopp remains hopeful for Robertson’s recovery, anticipating steady progress throughout January. Meanwhile, the return of Mac Allister is being evaluated. Klopp has expressed the possibility of Mac Allister participating in team training ahead of the Newcastle match.
However, Klopp emphasised the urgency of Mac Allister’s return, especially with Wataru Endō set to participate in the Asia Cup soon. Recent training footage has shown Mac Allister back in action with the first team, signaling positive developments in his recovery.
Liverpool challenges with injuries are not limited to just a few players. Both Joël Matip and Kostas Tsimikas, key defenders, have faced recent setbacks. Additionally, midfielders Thiago Alcântara and Stefan Bajčetić have been absent for extended periods.
Manager Klopp shared positive news about Thiago’s recovery, suggesting a potential return to team training by January. Yet, he emphasised the importance of proceeding cautiously due to lingering concerns about Thiago’s hip.
Stefan Bajčetić, a young talent at 19, is dealing with issues related to his growth. Klopp emphasized that decisions about Bajčetić’s involvement are strictly medical, not influenced by the player or the management.
Liverpool pursuit of the Premier League title is marked by these injury challenges. Still, under Klopp’s leadership, there’s optimism about overcoming these obstacles and maintaining their competitive edge. A return of players like Robertson and Thiago, following Mac Allister’s comeback, would be a double boost.
Mac Allister’s return to training today is significant for the team. Meanwhile, Endō’s participation in the Asia Cup comes at an opportune moment.