Liverpool have faced a number of punches already this season, including Virgil van Dijk, Thiago Alcantara, Trent Alexander-Arnold and most recently Joe Gomez.
Jurgen Klopp is just one of many Premier League managers who have expressed dissatisfaction with the decision not to allow five substitutes per game in order to manage the form and well-being of the players.
Here are the most recent updates on Liverpool’s injury roster, including full details on when they could return.
The midfielder limped with a hamstring problem after 54 minutes of the 3-0 Premier League win over Leicester City at Anfield on Sunday night.
The Guinean, who played twice for his country in the international break, impressed on his first start to Liverpool in more than six weeks after previous fitness concerns.
But Jurgen Klopp admitted there was “no news” in his last press conference.
The striker added his name to those absent from Liverpool after analyzes revealed he contracted a muscle problem while at Switzerland last week.
“How I know, Shaq had a little muscle injury with the national team that he didn’t really realize and then he trained with us,” Reds boss Klopp after his team’s victory over Leicester.
“We gave him a day off and then he came back and did a session, but it wasn’t fully involved, he just did a little bit.
“After that he felt a bit, and then we did a scan and they found out it was an injury from five or six days ago.
“No one knew about this, not even Shaq knew about it. This is how things are sometimes.
“So he couldn’t be involved.
The Liverpool boss hasn’t spoken much about Shaqiri’s fitness ahead of the clash with Atalanta or Brighton.
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Liverpool suffered another injury after skipper Jordan Henderson was forced to leave England’s defeat to Belgium in the international break.
Henderson was replaced as a precaution after complaining about a problem during the half-time break in the 2-0 UEFA Nations League loss in Leuven on Sunday night.
He then returned to England and joined the Liverpool camp for assessments, missing the dead rubber game against Iceland.
The skipper was excluded from matches against Leicester and Atalanta but has recently made a return to training.
Jurgen Klopp has admitted that his skipper will be evaluated before Brighton.
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Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has undergone surgery for a left knee tendon.
Gomez underwent successful surgery to repair the tendon after sustaining the injury during training with England the day before.
« [It is] difficult but the operation was successful, so he is already recovering from the operation and then begins rehabilitation, “Klopp said on Friday.
“He’s with his family, so he’s in the best place he can be, I would say. There you go, roughly. Rehabilitation has started now.
“After the surgery you count down from that point and we help as much as we can, but for the first few days all the boys after the surgery probably feel pretty lonely.
“But when you have your family around – and he does – then it’s as good as it gets, that’s it.” ”
No timetable has been set for Gomez’s resumption, with Liverpool not ruling out the possibility that the center-back will replay this campaign.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was taken out in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City in the second half due to a hamstring injury.
The Reds right-back is set to miss about a month of football after injuring his calf.
Alexander-Arnold will step up his rehabilitation at the brand new AXA training center in Liverpool as he aims for a quick return to action.
However, he will likely face a race against time to declare his suitability for the match against FC Midtjylland on December 9.
Virgil van Dijk
Liverpool will be without Virgil van Dijk for the majority of the season at least after suffering a serious ACL injury against Everton.
He underwent successful surgery in London last month, but Liverpool are reluctant to set a deadline on his return.
Thiago Alcantara missed the visit to Leicester City and Atalanta.
“They’re all closer but we’ll see if it’s close enough for the weekend,” replied the Liverpool coach when asked about Thiago, Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The midfielder was also pictured at the new training ground this week, but was not available for the clash with Atalanta.
Klopp has admitted all injured players will be assessed before Brighton.
Jurgen Klopp provided an update on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Friday.
“Beef [is] in a good way, ”he said. They’re all closer but we’ll see if it’s close enough for the weekend. ”
The 27-year-old was involved in a challenge during preseason training and was pictured kicking a ball on the outdoor courts this week.
It remains to be seen whether he’s ready for Brighton or Ajax next week.