The season rumbles on, and in Liverpool’s first Premier League game for November, they will be without six first team players, who are all out with various injuries. The Reds travel to London Stadium on Sunday to take on fourth-placed West Ham, but they’ll be taking a diminished squad with them.
The only silver lining is that there will be an extra week of recovery for the players who need it, with the start of the international break following the weekend’s fixtures.
Before the match, manager Jurgen Klopp provided an update on the status of his players, starting with Roberto Firmino, who went down with a hamstring injury against Atletico Madrid during midweek.
“Bobby is not good news with a serious hamstring injury, really unfortunate. We don’t know exactly how long he will be out but it will be not now after the international break directly. We have to work on that,” he said.
He expects Firmino to have at least a month on the sidelines as he recovers. A better diagnosis comes for Curtis Jones, who received an eye injury during training, and Joe Gomez, who has a calf strain.
According to Klopp, Curtis “will be back after the international break, for sure, but in the international break we have to see when he can start doing proper stuff again.
“And Joey, hopefully after the international break as well.”
James Milner and Naby Keita are also out, and Klopp is tentative with their timelines, hoping that they’ll also be available after the break. The other injured player is Harvey Elliott, who is a long-term absence.
The good news for the Liverpool fans is that both Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara will be available to join the midfield on Sunday, alongside Jordan Henderson who is set to make his 300th Liverpool appearance at London Stadium.