Two Liverpool players felt problems before going off against West Ham United, says Jurgen Klopp. They hope to have caught them in time.
Jurgen Klopp confirmed after Liverpool beat West Ham United that two players felt problems before going off at Anfield. Thankfully, it seems they might have subbed them before things got bad.
“Thiago stretched once on the pitch which for me is a warning sign,” Klopp told Amazon Prime. “Meanwhile, we pretty much have to react to everything. So it was clear we had to change him.
“With Darwin [Nunez] at half-time, everyone was saying ‘no, it’s fine, it’s fine!’. But when someone is [spending] five minutes on a bed they’re a concern as well. So again, a precaution.”
Steve McManaman then asked whether the pair would be alright for the weekend against Nottingham Forest. Klopp eased any concerns quickly.
They’re all okay, all okay,” he said. “I think we picked them all at the right moment.”
Liverpool players feels problems
Well, we really hope Klopp is right about them being okay. Nunez, in particular, can’t really afford to go down right now.
Both Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota are out until after the World Cup, after all. It leaves Nunez and Mohamed Salah as the club’s only remaining out-and-out goalscorers – though, Roberto Firmino’s efforts this season could put him on that list, also.
Still, Liverpool could do without injuries right now. In fact, the difference in control once Thiago left the pitch was abundantly clear as the Reds don’t have another player like him. Certainly not with Arthur also injured for months.
It does sound like Liverpool got away with this one. It’s a reminder – or a warning sign, as Klopp puts it – that the Reds will be walking a tightrope over the coming weeks.
The games come thick and fast ahead of the World Cup. It’ll push players to their limits and Liverpool must hope they catch any problems in time.
This time, thankfully, they did.