Liverpool’s injury woes ahead of their vital club world cup game deepens as more Liverpool players keep getting added to the injury list every game at Anfield, Georginio Wijnaldum being the latest addition.
Within an hour of the play, Dutch midfielder seemed to be in a lot of pain and was seen holding his hamstring before finally going down.
Discussing Wijnaldum’s injury, Liverpool boss Klopp said:
Muscle. I don’t know anything else.”
“[Whether he can travel to Qatar] is actually in the moment one of my smallest concerns – he could probably fly – but my problem is more what exactly the injury is and I don’t know that yet.
“It’s a muscle thing and you never want to have a muscle injury.
“But in these moments it always makes it immediately more difficult, but it’s not only us, but all other teams also have the same problems. We have to deal with these situations, that’s clear.
“We will see – tomorrow we know more.”
Additionally, versatile holding midfielder Fabinho, who has been sidelined since late November with an ankle issue, is no closer to a return.
The Brazilian is not expected back until the New Year, but he was spotted in the mixed zone at the end of Liverpool’s win over Watford.
Journalist Paul Gorst tweeted:
“Fabinho just hobbled through the Anfield mixed zone on crutches with his foot in a massive protective boot.
“Said it was getting better but that looks like a long way off, unfortunately.”
Elsewhere, centre-half Dejan Lovren sustained a muscle injury in midweek with no return date known by Klopp.
Joel Matip is also out for the foreseeable future with a knee injury, leaving Liverpool stretched at centre-half, with Joe Gomez currently partnering Virgil van Dijk as the only natural options.