Liverpool are going through something of an injury crisis at the moment with many of their first-team players side lined.
The timing of this crisis couldn’t have come at a worse time as the Reds are without both Wataru Endo and Mohamed Salah for the month of January due to their international commitments.
Endo is representing Japan in the 2023 Asia cup whereas Mohamed Salah is in the Ivory Coast for AFCON.
The latter was taken off the pitch yesterday during Egypt’s clash against Ghana.
At the time, the injury was suspected to be a hamstring issue and this was all but confirmed today by Jurgen Klopp who stated,
“I spoke last night with him. How it is with these injuries, we need further assessment – that’s what they doing now and then we will know more.”
“Of course, in that moment it was a shock to be honest. We all know how rarely Mo needs to go off.”
“So there is definitely something, so we will see.”
Up until the injury, Salah was one of the reasons why Egypt find themselves second in the table.
In his first game, he managed to garner a goal and assist which helped his team to a 2-2 draw.
However, after the winger sustained an injury in the second game, it is not yet known how much of an impact he will have for his country during the rest of the tournament.
One thing that is for sure, however is that Klopp and Liverpool fans alike will be hoping that the injury to Salah isn’t serious.
How are Wataru Endo and Japan faring in the Asia Cup?
Japan currently sit in second place, having won just one game during the tournament so far.
However, despite Japan’s underperformance, Endo has been a diamond in the rough for his national side.
His move to Liverpool in summer initially raised question marks across the footballing world with many claiming it as a ‘panic buy.’
However, despite being 30-years-old, the defensive-midfielder has settled into life at Anfield nicely.
He was amongst Liverpool’s best players before his departure for the Asia Cup.
Hence why, he has starred for his national side despite their underperformance.
In fact, in Japan’s opening game, Endo assisted former Liverpool man Takumi Minamino to help pull the Samurai Blue back level with Vietnam.
Despite losing 2-1 to Iraq in Friday’s game, Endo stood out amongst the crowd.
He even scored Japan’s only goal in the 93rd minute. Additionally, he had the highest amount of touches in the game and made the most significant passes out of anyone on the pitch.
The Blue Samurai’s Asia Cup hopes are, however, far from over.
Their next game comes against Indonesia who, on paper, they should win.
A win in their next game would confirm their advancement into the knockout stages as both teams are on three points.
The clash is set to take place on the 24th January.