Hamstring was Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp’s shit word of 2015. It’s shaping up to be an even worse 2016, as following hamstring injuries to Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, and Kolo Toure against Stoke on Tuesday, it emerged today that Jordon Ibe has also suffered a hamstring injury.
Ibe is expected to miss at least month of action with his, and similar to Coutinho won’t be expected back until the middle of February. By comparison, Lovren’s injury is reportedly more minor and will only mean the centre half misses the next two weeks, while Toure should be back in time for Arsenal next week.
No matter the individual timetables of Liverpool's lengthy list of injured players, it’s a situation bordering on the farcical, as Liverpool now have eight players out with hamstring injuries, with Ibe, Coutinho, Lovren, and Toure joining Divock Origi, Jordan Rossiter, Daniel Sturridge, and Martin Skrtel on the sidelines.
Also on the sidelines are Mamado Sakho with a knee injury, Jordan Henderson with a heel injury, and Danny Ings and Joe Gomez, both out for the season with ACL injuries. All told, that’s 12 first team players currently out injured with Liverpool set to play two games a week through February at least.
Liverpool had already recalled youngsters Ryan Kent and Sheyi Ojo in response to the growing injury crisis, and both are in contention to start in the FA Cup against Exeter City. There have also been widespread rumours linking the club with a move for a centre half before next Wednesday’s game against Arsenal.