Liverpool’s Premier League title defence is becoming more and more difficult by the day, with captain Jordan Henderson the latest first-team star to suffer an injury.
With the entire first-team defensive line injured, and a number of other stars also not healthy, manager Jurgen Klopp faces a serious selection conundrum when his side face the ladder-leaders Leicester on Monday 23 November (AEDT).
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Henderson was substituted midway through England’s 2-0 defeat to Belgium, with Reds’ fans now anxiously awaiting the outcome of an assessment on the injury.
“Jordan had a bit of tightness at halftime and felt he couldn’t carry on,” England manager Gareth Southgate said. He would not confirm whether the injury was a hamstring concern, saying: “Medically I would have to leave that for now.
“We will just have to assess him when we get back.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is now facing a growing injury crisis, after defender Andy Robertson missed Scotland’s clash with Slovakia due to a hamstring complaint.
With Virgil van Dijk expected to miss most of the season as he recovers from surgery on an ACL injury, Joe Gomez set for a lengthy lay-off after surgery on a left knee tendon, and Trent Alexander-Arnold forecast to miss a month with a calf injury, it means Liverpool’s entire back four are now in the treatment room and could miss the match.
And Klopp’s squad worries don’t end there.
Egypt superstar Mohamed Salah has tested positive for COVID-19 but is not showing any symptoms. He will almost certainly miss the clash with the Foxes in a week, leaving the Reds without the services of a deadly attacker who has already bagged eight goals in eight league games this campaign.
Thiago Alcantara was injured in the Merseyside derby in a brutal tackle from Richarlison which saw the Brazilian attacker sent off. He has been seen training alone before the international break, but missed two Premier League clashes already and remains in doubt for the Leicester clash. Fellow midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also tipped to remain sidelined after a training accident.
But there is some good news. Fabinho, who copped a hamstring problem in the first-half against Midtjylland in the Champions League, is expected to recover in time for the match.
He’ll likely be forced to feature as an emergency centre-back, while new signing Kostas Tsimikas has recovered from a thigh injury and could deputise for Andy Robertson if the Scotsman misses the match.