It’s that time of the season when the games are stacking up along with the injuries. Liverpool are once again feeling the strain after both Alisson Becker and Diogo Jota came out of the match against Manchester City worse for the wear.
Diogo Jota was taken off in the 54th minute after clutching his left leg in pain. Right now, The player will undergo more scans this week to discover the severity of the issue. However, it looks likely he’ll miss at least the midweek fixture against LASK and maybe Fulham at the weekend as well. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious and he’s not in for a long layoff.
Alisson Becker wouldn’t have been playing midweek anyway, as Caoimhin Kelleher has been trusted in goal for the Europa League. Kelleher may see even more action though. Alisson didn’t go off against Manchester City because he appeared to feel a muscle strain only minutes before the end of the match when the Reds had used all of their subs. After the game, though, Jürgen Klopp revealed that he suffered from a hamstring strain. It didn’t incapacitate him, so that may point to it being a mild injury. He will also be scanned at the AXA Training Centre this week to confirm.
On the long term injury list are Andy Robertson, who won’t be back until at least January due to a dislocated shoulder. The Reds Spanish contingent, Thiago Alcantara and Stefan Bajcetic, continue their unlucky runs this season. Both of them are out indefinitely with their respective injuries.
The bench is starting to look a little thin, especially in key areas like left-back and goal. Kostas Tsimikas has done well for Robertson so far, but he’s racking up a hefty number of games. If something happens to him, Liverpool will be in real trouble with only Luke Chambers in the wings.
Light your prayer candles for the hamstrings, ankles, and thighs of your favorite players get ready for the winter fixtures.