Another rest called for another trip out of Merseyside for Liverpool. The rest Jurgen Klopp and his squad granted themselves was thanks to them exiting the FA Cup.
Miserably and troublingly, Liverpool face a race to see if they will have a fit first team. The part of the lineup affected very much by this is the Reds backline.
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For several games, Klopp had to figure out how to cope without the likes of Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren and wistfully, the list continues.
It has seen the Reds gaffer use provisional fullbacks and centre-backs in the absence of these important men. Now the problems can only get worse for Klopp.
Approaching this week, a week of massive fixtures, the German will only know by the weekend if he will have Lovren ready and 60% okay for the Champions League clash, the first hurdle in the big season challenge.
Gomez has already been out for an extended run after needing surgery to help him on his way back to recovery.
What has been a few weeks is now going into months. Klopp has his team training as if they will be without Lovren come next Tuesday. Prepping for the worst to happen which is the best and only option.
Here is what Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp had to say on Joe Gomez:
“Joe’s surgery went pretty well. The timescale is always difficult but it’s four to six weeks for a return to play. Hopefully, that’s the case. We work on that.”
Yeah! No Virgil van Dijk, already missing the general in the backline. No Lovren? a big miss even though he isn’t the first choice. All the weight of Anfield on Joel Matip’s shoulders? This is serious! One part of the pitch really threatening and causes the Liverpool manager too much to think about it in no time to spare.
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Having seen Trent on the pitch in last week’s win over the Cherries was met with relief. He is a major asset to the Reds and will be needed in this time of emergency. Another boost is Liverpool has Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back in full training, nearing his return to action with the club.
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