Liverpool injury news: Latest updates as four Reds men are set to miss the Champions League game with Real Madrid, with Jürgen Klopp sweating over Darwin Núñez.
Liverpool is gearing up for their Champions League last-16 clash with Real Madrid on Tuesday, with four players set to be missing for Jürgen Klopp’s men.
The game at Anfield— the first leg, with the second game against the La Liga side scheduled for Wednesday, March 15 — comes at a time when Liverpool has found a little bit of form.
After beating Everton and Newcastle United in the space of six days to turn around their Premier League fortunes and give themselves some hope in the top-four race, things feel a little different for Klopp and his players.
This, however, will be an altogether different test. Real Madrid might be lagging behind Barcelona in the Spanish top flight, but this is their competition — the one in which they always seem to somehow find a way to win.
Here at Liverpool.com, we try to keep you up to date on the latest injury news after each and every game. Here’s how things are shaping up ahead of Tuesday night when Real Madrid will be in town.
The young Scottish full-back has had a tough season when it comes to things that are completely out of control and his latest setback will mean he misses the rest of the campaign.
He would almost certainly not have played a minute against Real Madrid anyway, but could have been useful, for sure, across the rest of the season — after his surgery, though, he will not be in action again until the summer.
The Spanish midfielder is set to be missing for a ‘while’ with a hip injury and will not be playing against Real Madrid. It is a good job, then, that Fabinho and Jordan Henderson have started to look more like themselves and Stefan Bajčetić has been impressing.
Thiago, though, will be a big miss in the center of the pitch. His experience in these sorts of matches could have been vital.
Arguably Liverpool’s best player against Real Madrid in Paris in the final game of last season, Konaté will be a big miss with neither Joe Gomez nor Joël Matip in the greatest of form.
Konaté is not far off a return and will come straight back into the side alongside Virgil van Dijk when he returns, with the current best two Liverpool center-backs clear.
Back running at the AXA Training Centre, Díaz might be back for the second leg against Real Madrid next month, but is still a little way off a return just yet.
With Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino now back, Liverpool does have options in attack but having the Colombian forward back would be a big addition to the squad — he was, after all, the best Reds player before his initial setback.
The Uruguayan forward went off with a shoulder injury against Newcastle United and Liverpool is sweating over the extent of the problem with Klopp confirming post-match that Núñez was in ‘pain’.
Klopp will give a full update in his press conference at 1pm UK time on Monday, when the Reds boss will preview the game with Real Madrid along with one of his players.