Despite welcoming back key players like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson this week, Liverpool still have a high number of players on the treatment table. Currently, the Reds are missing nine first team players due to injury and suspension.
Some of those players are now nearing a return to action, such as Mo Salah and Kostas Tsimikas, whilst Ibrahime Konate will only be missing for one game due to suspension. However, others - such as Joel Matip and Stefan Bajcetic, are likely to miss the rest of the season.
Read on below for our full update on all the players missing through injury or suspension.
Knee injury - Ruptured ACL
Matip will miss the rest of the current season, as he starts the long road back to full fitness, after rupturing his ACL several months ago. No timeline has been given for his return, but most experts predict it will be September 2024 before the defender is back playing competitive football again.
Szoboszlai had only just returned to action last week, after missing 3 games with a thigh problem. Sadly, the issue has re-occurred, with Doctors at Liverpool and the Hungarian FA struggling to identify the cause of the problem. Initial suggestions said Szoboszlai would miss four weeks, but the latest reports suggest he may only miss one or two games.
Muscle problems related to growing pains
Young midfielder Stefan Bajcetic has missed most of the season with an ongoing issue - related to growing pains and the muscles in his lower back. Bajcetic made one first team appearance earlier in the season, but after suffering a reaction, it was decided not to rush him back into action any time soon. It's not known whether Bajcetic will make another appearance this season.
One game suspension
Konate was sent off towards the end of Liverpool's defeat at Arsenal last weekend. As he was given two yellow cards, rather than a straight red, he will miss only one game.
Salah was injured on international duty several weeks ago but has since returned to Anfield to complete his recovery. Initial reports suggested the Egyptian might not be fit for the Carabao Cup Final on the 25th of February. Still, recent images of the attacker training, have raised hopes he will be back in a couple of games.
Tsimikas has been out of action since early December, when he fell awkwardly during Arsenal's visit to Anfield, breaking his collarbone. After a successful operation, Tsimikas is nearing a full return to action and may be available next week.
On international duty with Japan
Defensive midfielder Wataru Endo has been away for several weeks with Japan, at the Asian Cup. With Japan's elimination last week, Endo has now returned to Anfield and could be in line to start tomorrow's game against Burnley. If not, he will definitely be available for Liverpool's next game.
Thiago lasted just 10 minutes last weekend, before picking up another injury. Whilst it is not unusual for players to suffer small setbacks after a long layoff, there are fears that Thiago may not recover sufficiently to play again this season.
Young Conor Bradley sadly lost his father last Saturday and is currently in Northern Ireland with his family. No timescale has been given for his return.
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