Liverpool Get Major Boost Ahead Of Key Games As Klopp Provides Positive Injury Update

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he hopes that Curtis Jones will be able to play in upcoming fixtures.

The midfielder was already carrying a knock heading into the 4-0 win over Bournemouth on Sunday and he was forced off with less than 10 minutes to go at the Vitality Stadium after picking up another niggle. When asked about the player’s injury status, Klopp replied:

“We all hope [it’s OK], and Curtis as well. He felt a little bit, he had last week already a little bit but then nothing was there. Curtis, the very experienced player, thought ‘it’s 3-0, why should I risk it?’ – I hope that’s exactly how it was.”

As Klopp points out, though, a further assessment of the injury will need to be made ahead of the Fulham game on Wednesday evening.

Liverpool have 8 other players on the treatment table

Trent Alexander-Arnold (knee), Andy Robertson (shoulder), Dominik Szoboszlai (hamstring), Kostas Tsimikas (collarbone), Thiago (hip), Stefan Bajcetic (muscular), Joel Matip (knee) and Mo Salah (hamstring) are all sidelined.

Salah is actually supposed to be away with his country at the African Cup of Nations but he has returned to Merseyside for treatment, having sustained his injury in Egypt’s 2-2 draw against Ghana last week.

Who is close to returning to fitness?

Klopp has said that there is a possibility that Robertson, Alexander-Arnold and Szoboszlai will make the squad for the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Fulham later this week.

However, with Robertson having not played since October, it’s unlikely that he would be fit enough to start at Craven Cottage. The Scottish international may have to wait until the league fixtures versus Chelsea or Arsenal to get his chance.

Out of the other players mentioned, Tsimikas is set to return at the end of the month, while both Thiago and Bajcetic won’t feature until February.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.