Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has raised doubts about the fitness of Ryan Gravenberch after he was forced off during the 0-0 draw against Manchester United at the weekend.
The Dutchman pulled up just after the hour mark before he was replaced by Cody Gakpo and, when asked about the player’s situation after the match on Sunday, Klopp replied:
“We will see. They told me directly after the game it got worse during the game, so that means it was not ‘bam’. He felt a little bit and didn’t show [up] immediately. We hoped it would go by, [but] it didn’t. There was this really intense sprint with the ball which ended on the 18-yard line with a collision.”
“I hope it is not that serious but we have in the next 10 days three more games, so I don’t know if he will be part of them or one of them. We will see, we have to make a scan.”
What games could Gravnberch miss?
The 21-year-old looks set to be sidelined for the Carabao Cup quarter-final against West Ham on Wednesday evening and, from the sound of things, there is little to no chance of him returning for the top-of-the-table clash versus Arsenal this weekend either.
Going by Klopp’s remarks, there may be a possibility that Gravenberch could make his comeback against Burnley on Boxing Day but the player will have to await the results of a scan.
Liverpool already have 6 other players out injured
Gravenberch’s injury means that the Reds are very light of options in midfield, with Alexis Mac Allister (knee), Thiago Alcantara (hip) and Stefan Bajcetic also on the treatment table.
In terms of other players, Andy Robertson is expected to be available again at some point next month after recovering from a dislocated shoulder. Diogo Jota is stepping up his return from a muscular problem, but Joel Matip (ACL) is out for the rest of the season.