An uptick in football injuries were almost a certainty due to the late finish to the 2019-20 season, a rushed preseason and hasty start to the new campaign. While the shocking ACL injury to Liverpool star, Virgil Van Dijk has dominated the headlines, the Reds have also suffered a rash of positive coronavirus tests and knocks to key players to start the season.
Alisson Becker, new signing Kostas Tsimikas, Naby Keïta, Joël Matip are some of the names currently unavailable for selection due to one injury complaint or another.
Despite boasting some impressive squad depth, Jürgen Klopp was forced to field a makeshift midfield and defense in the midweek Champions League victory over Ajax; and with the games coming thick and fast from here on out, the German has been anxiously awaiting on the return of a number of players.
He will be glad to hear of positive updates for the likes of Alisson and Tsimikas in the push for fitness. The Reds’ no. 1 had been feared out until deep into November after picking up a shoulder injury in training at the end of last month, however, a stepped his recovery could now see the Brazilian feature as soon as next weekend’s Premier League clash with West Ham.
“Ali looks very good,” Klopp cautiously admitted regarding the ex-Roma stopper. “We have to see. Catching balls and stuff like this is all possible, but we cannot rush it and will not rush it.”
“Actually, it’s a common thing every day when I see Ali, I say: ‘How was it today?’ He always with a big smile tells me of the slight improvements. Today I didn’t see him [yet], so I can’t wait to ask for his progress!”
Tsimikas is another Red nearing a return to training, having been sidelined with a thigh injury since playing in the 7-2 victory over Lincoln in the EFL Cup last month. A return of the backup left back will be a relief for the boss with Andy Robertson having started every game so far this term.
The German will hope to begin rotations for his squad as players return and the pace of the fixtures continue to pick up in what is sure to be a hectic campaign.