Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could be without nine first-team players for Saturday’s Premier League game against second-from-bottom club Burnley at Anfield.
The Reds are expected to continue without Stefan Bajcetic, Joel Matip, Ben Doak, Mohamed Salah, Dominik Szoboszlai, and Kostas Tsimikas who has returned to training as he continues his recovery from a broken collarbone.
However, the left-back will not be available for selection against Vincent Kompany’s side.
The latest players to join the long list of injured players include Thiago Alcantara, who having returned to the pitch for the Reds as a substitute in the defeat at Arsenal last weekend sustained a muscle issue and is being assessed.
“We don’t know the extent yet. We have to wait there a little bit, but it’s not cool, of course,” Klopp told reporters of Thiago at Friday’s pre-match press conference.
“It was really not good news for him, for us, for everybody. On top of losing the game already and having that is not good.
“Yes [I expect him to play again this season], but we didn’t really think about that, in the moment we just treat the injury and get a full assessment done and knowing exactly where it came from. It’s not the intensity and stuff like this, so there are different things.
“It’s just the normal procedure and it would not be a big story if he wouldn’t have been out for that long a time. That’s how it is. It’s not a big, big injury, definitely not, but it’s obviously something nobody needed.”
The German added: “We have a few problems and have to wait.
“We are fighting with a little bit of a flu thing in the squad so we have to see who is in the end available, so that’s all not cool. But in the end we will have 11 players and we will go for it.”
Meanwhile, Conor Bradley will be absent from the match due to the unfortunate passing of his father.
Liverpool will also face the unavailability of France international Ibrahima Konate, who is serving a one-match suspension following his sending-off at Arsenal last weekend, having received two yellow cards.
These absences pose challenges for Klopp’s squad, and the team will need to make adjustments in their lineup for the tie.