Midfield injuries begin to mount

Midfield injuries begin to mount

Jurgen Klopp used Wednesday's pre-match press conference, to provide updates on a number of Liverpool players, including two new injury concerns to key midfielders.

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Few will argue that the 2022/23 season was a disaster for Liverpool FC, and whilst there were many reasons for our sudden, and dramatic, drop in standards, injuries was one of the most important.

So it's been very pleasing this season, to not only see the team playing well, but also see the squad in good health, with few injuries to worry about.  However, that may all be about to change...

During his Wednesday press conference (ahead of the our Europa League trip to Toulouse), Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp, confirmed that as well as the long standing injuries to Thiago, Bajcetic, Bradley and Robertson, three additional squad members will miss the match due to injury and illness.

The new names added to the injury list are Curtis Jones, Ryan Gravenberch and Virgil Van Dijk.

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Midfield Injury Crisis On The Way...

So what's the news on Jones, Gravenberch and Van Dijk?

Van Dijk is the least concerning, as he has a virus, and has been omitted from the squad, to allow him time to rest and recover ahead of our weekend game against Brentford.  Curtis Jones has a 'minor issue' that kept him out of the Luton Town game last weekend.  As the issue has now ruled him out of todays game as well, it might not be quite so 'minor' after all.  Finally, Ryan Gravenberch was replaced midway through the second half against Luton Town.  At the time it was not described as injury related, but clearly something has happened to force the young Dutchman to miss the Toulouse game.

On the face of it, none of these injuries are too severe, and we should have more than enough quality to see off Toulouse tonight, and secure our passage into the knock-out stages of the Europa League.

However, of more concern is the fact that most of the injured players are midfielders. With Thiago and Bajcetic still a long way from returning to action, any long term injury to Jones or Gravenberch, would leave Klopp with just Endo, Elliott, Mac Allister and Szoboszlai to fill the midfield roles.  Those four players have plenty of quality, but with games coming thick and fast over the next few weeks, Klopp will want to rotate his players to keep them fresh.

Hopefully, we will get more positive news over the next few days, and Jones and Gravenberch will be back in action by the weekend...

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