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
The page we were not hoping to use but, alas, it is so. Various injuries here and there so, without further ado, we shall begin.
Danny Ings suffered another injury set back a couple weeks ago when he injured his right knee in training. Having just returned from an ACL Injury that kept him out for the best part of this year, Ings was on the verge of breaking into the starting XI for Liverpool till this injury in his right leg put a sad stop to this. Jurgen Klopp said that Liverpool will stick by Ings through these troubled times as he was just hitting his stride and does look in the mould of a typical Jurgen Klopp No.9. We wish Danny Ings a speedy and safe recovery.
Sheyi Ojo and Joe Gomez recently returned to training after respective injuries to the pair of young England U21 Internationals. Sheyi had a minor fracture in his back which was causing him discomfort and has kept him out of action since late August. The quick and powerful winger will be looking to force himself into Jurgen Klopp’s attacking line-up but definitely has the ability to do so. Joe Gomez injured his ACL over a year ago and, during Rehab, he injured his Achilles which has kept him out of action since July. The young English CB is very unique in the sense that he can adapt to almost any position that is asked of him and this will be key for him and Jurgen Klopp moving forward as Klopp looks to give both youngsters a run out in the near future. Joe Gomez recently completed a full 90 mins in a behind-closed-doors friendly where he got an assist so it looks very promising for young Joe Gomez.
Phillipe Coutinho injured his ankle against Sunderland and it has been confirmed by Jurgen Klopp that he will miss the next few weeks with this injury. Coutinho was seen with a strap around his ankle on Monday morning where he went for a scan and it came back with not so good news. The estimation is 5-6 weeks lay off which has heaped more pressure on the remaining attackers that Liverpool have to make up for the loss of the talented Brazilian International.
On the positive note, it looks like, with Coutinho exiting the fray, Adam Lallana will be going in straight away. The England International suffered a groin strain and has missed the last 3 Liverpool games after picking up the injury on International Duty. According to Jurgen, “Adam is in a very good way, close to team training but that means in the same moment that he is not ready for the game.” This being in regards to the recent Leeds match that Liverpool won 2-0 courtesy of goals from Divock Origi and Ben Woodburn.
Prior to Liverpool facing Leeds, Sunderland were the visitors to Anfield and casualties occurred. Coutinho has already been mentioned but Daniel Sturridge was an absentee and Roberto Firmino also picked up the same injury as Daniel,a calf injury. Both had not trained prior to the Leeds game so they were both omitted from the matchday squad. Sturridge’s injury problems are well documented but he had improved a great deal under Jurgen. As of writing this, he has not returned to team training but it does not look like an injury that will require surgery or other means like that. Firmino is much along the same lines as Sturridge in the sense that it does not look to be a serious injury thankfully. Time will tell with both forwards. Firmino looks to be returning for the upcoming Bournemouth game so the injury may not have been as serious as first thought.
Joel Matip has also shaken off an injury scare that occurred vs Sunderland but he looks in line to be starting against Bournemouth as well. Seeing as Matip has been a pivotal player in Liverpool’s improving back line, his appearance will be a huge boost for the Liverpool team.
With an already small team in comparison to rivals, these Injuries seem to be decimating the team even more so. We hope all the players mentioned above a quick and easy recovery. YNWA