Having played nearly 2,000 minutes last season and after a strong pre-season while Jordan Henderson and Thiago are still short of match fitness, Curtis Jones was in line for a start in the season opener against Norwich City on Saturday.
However, the young Scouser has been ruled out of the match due to a mild concussion suffered in Monday’s final friendly warm-up against Osasuna, with manager Jürgen Klopp acknowledging the 20-year-old will be out until Sunday.
“He had a slight concussion so we just have to follow the protocol,” the manager told the club’s official website earlier today. “He is fine, he feels fine again, but that’s the protocol. He is available for training from Sunday on I think.”
That could mean the likeliest combination in midfield for Norwich would be Fabinho anchoring a trio with James Milner and Naby Keïta in front of him with Henderson and Thiago offering the manager options off the bench.
Jones—as well as Henderson and Thiago—will all be expected to be fully fit for Liverpool’s second match, on Saturday, August 21st against Burnley, while Andy Robertson could return following the September international break.