Liverpool handed midfield boost as training photos emerge
Liverpool’s injury worries mount
Liverpool are once more facing a season potentially severely affected by injury issues as they return from the international break.
Naby Keita continues to miss out on training thanks to a hamstring injury sustained in their 5-0 win over Manchester United, while Roberto Firmino is expected to be out until Christmas, also with a hamstring injury.
“I would consider it a serious injury”
Jurgen Klopp says Roberto Firmino will be out for ‘weeks’ with an injury he picked up against Atletico Madrid pic.twitter.com/pMp3qIlvBw
— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) November 7, 2021
To further compound Jurgen Klopp’s issues, both Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane have been sent home from international duty with England and Senegal respectively due to injuries sustained while representing their country. Mane suffered a rib injury, while Henderson’s injury is less obvious. However, England boss Gareth Southgate revealed that:
“With Hendo, [it happened] within the game. There’s a precaution with both [Henderson and Grealish]. We’ve scanned them. There is small injuries on the scans so we hope that they’re not going to miss too much football from here on.
“It shouldn’t be too bad in either case but we just have to see how that progresses.”
“With Hendo, [it happened] within the game. There’s a precaution with both [Henderson and Grealish]. We’ve scanned them. There is small injuries on the scans so we hope that they’re not going to miss too much football from here on.” #awlive [liverpool echo] pic.twitter.com/TEuegmL30F
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) November 14, 2021
With Arsenal visiting Anfield in just five days time, will Klopp have further selection headaches?
Harvey Elliot returns to outside training
In good news for the Merseyside faithful, however, they have been handed an injury boost of their own, with Harvey Elliot stepping up his recovery from a dislocated ankle that he suffered against Leeds United.
Check out our gallery from the latest session of Harvey Elliott’s rehabilitation programme, as he completed exercises on the outside pitches for the first time since undergoing surgery 💪
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 15, 2021
While he will still be weeks away from full training, he will be a welcome addition to the Red’s ranks, especially given that both Mo Salah and Sadio Mane are expected to depart for the Africa Cup of Nations for all of January, leaving Liverpool short of their two best attackers.
Will Elliot be ready to make that step up?