Every Liverpool injury with return dates prior to Southampton clash


Liverpool injuries and round-up of estimated return dates for stars

Liverpool are gearing up to take on Southampton in the Premier League tomorrow.

The Reds have suffered with injury problems throughout the season so far but here was also the welcome sight of Thiago Alcantara returning to action after his knee injury, as well as James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri making their returns.

The Premier League champions have had to deal with a number of blows this season including significant absences for Virgil van Dijk, Thiago and Joe Gomez.

Klopp is just one of a number of top flight managers who has expressed their displeasure at the decision to not allow five substitutes each game in order to manage the fitness and wellbeing of players.

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

Joel Matip

Liverpool centre-back Joel Matip is expected to be out for three weeks with the adductor injury he suffered during the 1-1 Premier League draw at home to struggling West Bromwich Albion.

That means he could return for Liverpool's Premier League showdown with Manchester United on January 17.

Speaking on the problem, Jurgen Klopp said: "The normal for this kind of injury is round about three weeks."

Diogo Jota

Jota is hoping to be back sooner than expect after
suffering a knee injury in early December.

The Portuguese international was expected to be out for two months with the problem but he says he's making good progress.

"Knee injuries are always complicated so we cannot rush things," Jota said.

"But I am doing well and I will be back on the field as soon as possible. When I'm fit I know I'll give my best in each training session to give myself a chance of playing."

Joe Gomez

Liverpool defender Gomez posted a picture of him training on a exercise bike after having surgery on a tendon in his knee.

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

"[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."

Kostas Tsimikas

Like Jota, full-back Kostas Tsimikas also picked up a knock at Midtjylland in the Champions League - and is expected to be sidelined for a similar amount of time.

As Klopp gave an update on Jota after the game in Denmark, 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."

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 and has been working in Dubai.

Speaking this week on Van Dijk's progress, Klopp said: "Good -very good.

"I have no problem talking about Virgil van Dijk. The progress is very good but there is still a long way to go.

"That's how it is with this kind of injury. I'm happy when I see these videos because it shows he is making good progress but it will just take a lot of time, that's how it is.

"I would like to say something else but these are the facts unfortunately."

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