Liverpool injury news: Latest updates as Jürgen Klopp and his players prepare to face Real Madrid in the Champions League last-16 at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Liverpool is set to travel to take on Real Madrid in the Champions League, needing to overturn a 5-2 defeat at Anfield in the first leg of the last-16 clash in order to progress.
To try and attempt that unlikely miracle, Jürgen Klopp will have plenty of players to choose from, with no new injury concerns having been picked up in the defeat to Bournemouth.
Meanwhile, midfielders like Naby Keïta and Curtis Jones will hope to return to the matchday squad, having been left out at the weekend, though Arthur Melo, who did take a seat on the bench at the Vitality Stadium, is ineligible in Europe, having been left out of the Reds’ Champions League squad in a January reshuffle.
But with such inconsistent form — and a heavy defeat to try and overturn at the Santiago Bernabéu, rather than Anfield— it would be some achievement for Liverpool to find its way into Friday’s quarter-final draw.
If they did achieve the near-impossible, it would be Liverpool’s biggest-ever European accomplishment.
Here’s how things are shaping up ahead of Real Madrid. Klopp will issue another update on Tuesday in his pre-match press conference at 8pm UK time.
Having been injured in the first leg against Real Madrid, Joe Gomez has been struggling with a muscle problem. Klopp said last week that Gomez might be able to return to training at the start of this week.
Even if he did that, though, he would be incredibly unlikely to feature, with both Ibrahima Konaté and Joël Matip available and ahead of him in the pecking order.
The young Scottish full-back is set to miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery. Just like Gomez, he would have been highly unlikely to feature in this game anyway.
Next season, though, he should be able to make much more of an impact, with a return to action scheduled for before pre-season begins, by which time he will have had a year to settle into life at Anfield.
All Klopp said ahead of Bournemouth was ‘we will see’ when he was asked about a return for Thiago, which could mean anything in terms of a timeline.
The Spaniard has a hip issue at the moment which has stopped him from training (and therefore playing), but with no update at all yet and nothing more than three cryptic words from the Liverpool manager at the back end of last week, a comeback does not sound imminent.
Colombian winger Luis Díaz is expected to return to training with his teammates this week, but the match with Real Madrid will come too soon for him to play a part in.
It is likeliest that Díaz will take part in a session after the Real Madrid game, when Liverpool has a 17-day gap before it plays again, taking on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the first match back after the international break.
The extra training time will allow Díaz to make sure he is 100 per cent ready to make a comeback and he could then play a significant part in the final 12 matches of the Premier League season.