Liverpool are set to take on West Ham in the League Cup quarter finals at Anfield on Wednesday evening, and player availability for the game looks set to be unchanged from the weekend when they took on Manchester United.
Despite that, there’s news both positive and negative on the injury front, with Liverpool’s injured stars all progressing towards their returns but bad news for promising youngster Ben Doak who will require surgery for a torn meniscus.
“It’s not a good one,” said assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders, filling in for Jürgen Klopp at the pre-match press conference today. “He tore his lateral meniscus, which needs surgery. It will take time but for sure he will come back stronger.”
Doak started last week’s dead rubber Europa League group stage tie against Union Saint-Gilloise that ended in a 2-1 defeat for the Reds, but he was taken off after 63 minutes. At the time there was no suggestion it was injury related.
However, while it’s disappointing news for Doak, Lijnders had more positive news to report for Ryan Gravenberch, Alexis Mac Allister, and Diogo Jota—though none of them will be expected to be involved on Wednesday night at least.
“We thought it was really something but he had a scan and it’s only DOMS [delayed onset muscle soreness],” Lijnders said of Gravenberch. “It’s fatigue, so that’s a really good thing. He will train hopefully today but we have to be careful.
“Alexis is progressing well and he doesn’t have pain anymore. It was worse than we first thought but now he is progressing well. And Diogo is doing ball work on the pitch, but always with hamstring injuries you have to be careful.”