Just an update on the previously injured players. Thankfully, nobody has been added to the list and long may that continue!
Phillipe Coutinho is recovering well from his ankle injury and is targeting the Man City game on New Year’s Eve. With Mane leaving for the AFCON, Coutinho’s return will be heralded by the red side of Merseyside and will intimidate the rest of the Premier League as Liverpool remain second just behind Chelsea.
Joel Matip returned vs Bournemouth but seemed he re-aggravate the same injury as he missed Middlesbrough and Everton although he could have featured against Everton but failed a fitness test. He may feature against Sunderland but may not be risked due to Man City only 2 days later.
Danny Ings, sadly, is written off for the entirety of the season. The hope is that he may rejoin the squad in pre-season but nothing will be forced. Time will help him recover and he is still very young so he has that in abundance at the moment.
Young Joe Gomez is no longer injured! Making his return in a recent U23 game and turning up to support his fellow teammates at games against Middlesbrough and Everton, he looks well on the way to be making his first appearance in over a year and his first under Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool’s defensive frailties are very well documented and I personally see Joe Gomez at the heart of the defence partnering Joel Matip. The future looks very bright for young Joe.
Sheyi Ojo seems to be recovering well from his minor fracture and has been training with the U21 team. With Sadio Mane representing his nation at the AFCON, Ojo’s time to shine may come quicker than most anticipated. Liverpool lack natural wingers and Ojo is one of the most promising talents in Liverpool’s youth ranks.
Daniel Sturridge made his return to first team football by getting an assist against Everton in the Merseyside Derby. His low shot hit the post which Mane pounced on to score the winner in the derby. A natural striker and, when fit, one of the best in the Premier League; having him back as the games come piling up is a brilliant boost for Jurgen’s Reds.
The case seems to be that all the pieces of Jurgen’s Liverpool problem are coming together finally with almost a fully fit Liverpool team. Let’s hope no more injuries occur