Injuries only happen at Liverpool and no other club in the whole of the mighty British Isles has ever slogged through the ever-darkening muck of an injury crisis. And that’s final. In related news, there’s been an injury.
Liverpool’s robust midfielder, Gini Wijnaldum, was brought off in the match against NK Maribor, having done in his ankle. He appeared to try and shake it off in hopes of staying on the pitch but Klopp was forced to send in Jordan Henderson after only sixteen minutes had been played in the first half.
Nothing is for really, really sure yet. But it doesn’t look too good for Wijnaldum. And while it isn’t the end of the world to be without the Dutchman for the weekend match at West Ham, losing Wijnaldum means Klopp is now unable to call on six of his first team players. That’s Nathaniel Clyne, Sadio Mané, Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren. And this in a time when Liverpool need to be harnessing this momentum from the last two performances and fighting up the Premier League table through to the end of the year.
“No one spoke to me so far, at half time the ankle was already swollen,” said Klopp.
“It is probably not a good sign.”
Swollen is bad. I’m not an ankle expert, and I’m sorry if I somehow led you to believe that, but I’d say that the ankle di Gini sounds much more than mere days away from healing. The Liverpool midfielder will now be examined by Liverpool’s medical geniuses to uncover the extent of the damage done and assess the necessary time for Wijnaldum to heal.
“We saw a kick in the game, we didn’t think it was too serious,” Klopp added. “We were not sure if it was swollen or if he twisted it.
“For sure we have to make a scan.”
Clyne is still out indefinitely. Mané and Lallana, while closing in on returns to the squad, were always going to have to wait until after the next international break. But there’s been hope that Coutinho would be fit for West Ham, bringing back that cutting edge to the side, further ensuring a victory before the two week lull. But, again, it doesn’t look too good.
“Gini, is out, maybe there will be some wonder with Phil,” said Klopp, before dashing hopes.
“But I don’t think at the moment he can play.”
No Lallana, Gini or Coutinho.
When we finally realized James Milner’s evil plan to take over the midfield, it was too late.