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    Wednesday, 16 December 2020

    Every Liverpool injury with return dates ahead of Spurs

    Round-up of estimated return dates for injured Liverpool stars


    Liverpool face Spurs in the Premier League this evening as their injury problems continue.

    Here are the most recent updates on the Reds injury list including full details on when they could be expected to return.

    Joel Matip

    Matip was forced off at half time during the 1-1 draw away to Fulham, suffering with a back issue.

    After the match Klopp said: “Joel has a spasm in his back. We will see. He will get treatment and we will see. I think there will be a chance for [Spurs on] Wednesday. It’s not that bad at the moment.”

    In his press conference on Tuesday, Klopp gave an update and said: "I don't know yet [if Matip will be available]. We only played two days ago and he left the pitch with a back spasm. The physios work pretty much 24 hours on him, so we will see. Today, we have another session and we will see."

    Diogo Jota

    Jota is set to miss around two months of action after suffering a knee injury last week.

    Speaking ahead of the game against Fulham, Jurgen Klopp said: "The first thought is, it's better than we then thought, so after all, after the potential surgeons looked at it, there was no surgery needed, but he will be out for a while."

    Kostas Tsimikas

    Only recently back from the injury, like Jota the full-back was set to be assessed ahead of the game with Fulham after picking up a knock on Wednesday night in the Champions League.

    As Klopp gave an update on Jota at the weekend, he also mentioned Tsimikas: "We don't know exactly [on Jota], but yes, one-and-a-half, two months [out]. We don't know exactly. It is similar with Kostas Tsimikas by the way, unbelievable."

    Naby Keita

    Keita was not in the squad against Fulham, absent with a fitness issue. But he may return for Spurs by the sounds of it.

    In his Tuesday press conference , Klopp explained: "Naby maybe [back]. He was yesterday involved in the extended warming up.

    "Naby is in the team but he has no rhythm. That is the truth. You play a game and then have only two days between games and you have to make a decision on whether he is ready.

    "Whatever you do in the rehabilitation process, you can't replace proper football training, and we don't have a lot of that because of the number of games we have. It makes it difficult.

    "His injury is not too serious, that's why he is in training again, but we will see. Nobody doubts Naby's qualities."

    Klopp added: "With the others - no. No-one else is back." Which would seemingly rule out all the names below for Spurs.

    Xherdan Shaqiri

    The forward added his name to Liverpool’s absentees last month after scans revealed he picked up a muscle problem while with Switzerland.

    "How I know it, Shaq had a little muscle injury with the national team which he didn’t really realise and then he trained with us," Reds boss Klopp after his side’s win over Leicester.

    "We gave him a day off then he came back and was involved in a session, but it was not fully involved, he just did a little bit.

    "After that he felt a little bit and then we made a scan and they found out it was an injury from five or six days ago.

    "Nobody knew about that, not even Shaq knew about that. That’s how things sometimes are. So he was not able to be involved."

    Shaqiri was absent from the squad that took on Fulham on Sunday.

    James Milner

    The midfielder limped off with a hamstring problem during the 1-1 draw with Brighton at the Amex Stadium.

    Jurgen Klopp confirmed the injury ahead of the match with Ajax and said Milner was no closer to returning ahead of the game against Fulham.

    Thiago Alcantara

    Thiago missed out on the visit of Leicester City and Atalanta while he was not included in the squad to face Brighton, Ajax, Wolves or Fulham.

    The midfielder was pictured at the new training ground last month but is expected to remain sidelined until January.

    Joe Gomez

    Liverpool defender Gomez has had surgery on a tendon in his left knee.

    Gomez underwent a successful operation to repair the tendon after suffering the injury during training with England the previous day.

    “[It is] a tough one but the surgery was successful, so he is now already recovering first from the surgery and then starting the rehabilitation," Klopp said.

    “He is with his family, so he is in the best possible place I would say. That’s it, pretty much. Rehab has started now.

    "After surgery you count from that moment backwards and we help as much as we can, but for the first few days all of the boys after surgery probably feel pretty alone.

    "But when you have your family around – and that’s the case for him – then it’s as good as possible, that’s it."

    No timescale has been set on Gomez’s recovery, with Liverpool not ruling out the possibility of the centre-back playing again this campaign.

    Virgil van Dijk

    Liverpool will be without Van Dijk for the majority of the season at the very least after he sustained a serious ACL injury against Everton.

    He underwent successful surgery in London but Liverpool are reluctant to put a timeframe on his return.

    However, he has already been pictured working with the club's coaches inside the gym.

    Van Dijk is likely to be some way away from resuming ball work on the pitches, but the images will no doubt come as a boost to a Liverpool squad that has been struck by injury problems all season.

    Klopp gave an update on the situation on Monday, saying: "Virgil is a very positive person and since he overcame the shock of the actual injury, he is in a really good mood and working hard to get back.

    "But this is a very long, long-term injury so it was still, I have to say, a crazy challenge which I still don't understand. I don't think about it but you ask me and it comes up.

    "It is a very, very serious injury and it will take time but he makes the steps he can make in the moment."

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