Liverpool will return to action next week Sunday when they make a short trip to Vitality Stadium to face in-form Bournemouth in the Premier League.
The Reds have some injury concerns ahead of the game. Jurgen Klopp was without 10 first-team players for the Carabao semi-final first-leg clash against Fulham at Anfield on Wednesday.
Dominik Szoboszlai, Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic, Ben Doak, Kostas Tsimikas, and Joel Matip are all sidelined with an injury with the latter expected to miss the rest of the season.
Mohamed Salah and Wataru Endo are away with Egypt and Japan at the Africa Cup of Nations and Asian Cup respectively which kicks off this weekend.
Below is a round-up of those players currently sidelined for Liverpool and their expected return dates.
The Reds vice-captain suffered a knee injury in the Emirates FA Cup victory at Arsenal.
Lijnders on January 9: “Trent hyperextended his knee during the last game. So he has a little tear in the lateral ligament of his knee and he will need time to recover. He had a scan and he will be out for a few weeks, so let’s see after that.”
Expected return date: Early February
Szoboszlai was replaced midway through the second half of the win over Newcastle United on New Year’s Day with a hamstring issue.
The 23-year-old is confident he will return to the Liverpool squad ahead of the Bournemouth game.
“I’m still running without a ball, but soon I will be able to carefully try training with a ball. I am getting better,” he told Nemzeti Sport.
“Yes, it’s possible, but we don’t want to rush anything. I’d rather miss one more match, if that’s what it takes, so that I don’t injure the previous strain and can play continuously.”
Expected return date: Fulham (A), Wednesday, January 24
Thiago Alcantara and Stefan Bajcetic
Thiago has been sidelined since requiring surgery on a hip issue that ruled him out of the final weeks of the 2022-23 campaign while Bajcetic has also missed the majority of the current season.
Pepijn Lijnders on January 9: “They will not be ready for the end of this month. It will probably be going into the next month to train with us. But both [with] no complications, progressing.”
Expected return date: Sometime in February
Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas
Robertson and Tsimikas are expected to be back at the end of this month to train with the team.
Lijnders on Robertson on January 9: “He’s almost at the three-month mark, so he will get checked by the surgeon. And if he does that scan and we see everything [so] that we can really progress him, he will go to Dubai for a week to do proper volume sessions, proper sessions, so that will be good for him. Then we see the three-month-mark scan and then we can see how quick he can go into contact again.”
Lijnders on Tsimikas: “Same [as Robertson] for Kostas. Kostas is progressing really well, really quick. So hopefully both of them – Robbo and Kostas – will be back at the end of this month to train with the team.”
Expected return date: Late January
Joel Matip and Ben Doak
Matip and Doak are facing a long spell on the sidelines following their respective injuries.
Lijnders on Doak on December 19: “That’s not a good one. He teared his lateral meniscus, which needs surgery. That one will take [a] longer time. He is young, he is a fit guy, he is a positive guy so for sure he will come back stronger, and we need him to come back with the same fire he has with the ball, how he was. He can take time and we will wait for him.”
Expected return date: Unknown