December 1, 2021

Liverpool set for a test of squad depth during November run

Just as players start to return from injury, someone else joins the list. For Liverpool, the constant in-out nature of injuries so far means that Jurgen Klopp has arguably not had a full-strength team this season. Given the Reds are unbeaten in the league and have qualified for the knockout rounds in Europe, things are going pretty well.

A 5-0 win at Old Trafford against rivals Manchester United was a flagship result, but performances so far have been excellent for the most part.

One major concern, though, is the growing number of draws that could scupper their title challenge. To avoid those draws, having a full squad to pick from allows for more options to save the day in a match. However, injuries to key players such as Naby Keita, who was injured against United, as well as the likes of Thiago and Harvey Elliott, has left the Reds preciously short in the middle of the pitch.

Naturally, this has caused some serious concern at Anfield as the Reds try to overcome some pretty significant injury doubts. Now the problem has been worsened with a trio of new injuries which are likely to cause more headaches for Klopp.

Who is injured for Liverpool?

One player who is definitely out for the foreseeable future is Roberto Firmino. The forward has had a few hamstring injuries so far but came on as a substitute against Atletico Madrid in midweek. Sadly, another injury took place and Klopp confirmed that a ‘serious’ hamstring injury has happened, adding to the official website: “Bobby is not good news with a serious hamstring injury, really unfortunate. We don’t know exactly how long he will be out but it will be after the international break. We have to work on that.”

He also noted that young domestic duo Joe Gomez and Curtis Jones will be out until the international break, too, saying: “Curtis is a completely different story [to Firmino], he was very unlucky in training – he got a finger that scratched the eye. I had a lot of injuries to players in my career, that was not involved. He is on the way back but we have to see how long exactly.

“He will be back after the international break, for sure, but in the international break we have to see when he can start doing proper stuff again. Joey hopefully after the international break as well.”

Liverpool will take on a solid West Ham United side who, like the Reds, secured progress to the knockout rounds in Europe with games to spare. Klopp and co. then will need to take on one of the form teams in the Premier League who are enjoying as good a season as they have had in a long time.

David Moyes has done a fine job to restore West Ham, and the Irons will be keen to further deflate any potential title challenge on Merseyside whilst further ensuring their own European qualification ambitions remain strong.

For Klopp, just like last season, the injuries are beginning to tell just as the side has to find consistency during the hectic winter schedule.

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