Liverpool injury crisis looms large again

Liverpool injury crisis looms large again

Liverpool injury crisis looms large again

With Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz, and Cody Gakpo all suffering injuries in the last few days, LFC - Back On Our Perch asks 'Are Liverpool headed for another injury crisis?'

To say that Liverpool have had their fair share of injuries this season would be an understatement.  Since early January, Jurgen Klopp has regularly had ten first-team players unavailable, with key stars such as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Mohamad Salah, and Alisson Becker all missing large parts of the season.  Other players such as Darwin Nunez, Dominik Szoboszlai, Diogo Jota, and Curtis Jones have also spent time on the sidelines, with Klopp forced to dig deep into the Liverpool Academy to find replacement players for games throughout February and March.

The fact that during this period, Liverpool has won the Carabao Cup, progressed in Europe, and kept pace with Arsenal and Manchester City in the league is something of a minor miracle and highlights not only the genius of Jurgen Klopp but also the importance of having a strong Academy.

In the last couple of weeks, our injury problems seemed to be easing, with Salah, Nunez, and Szoboszlai all returning to the first team.

However, after Nunez, Diaz, and Gakpo all suffered injuries in the defeat to Manchester United last Sunday, LFC -Back On Our Perch asks are Liverpool headed for another injury crisis, and if so, what could it mean for the final part of the season?

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As Liverpool's players headed off on International duty yesterday, news began to break that Darwin Nunez had been dropped from the Uruguay squad due to a hamstring injury, picked up in the defeat to United.  Nunez played the full 120 minutes on Sunday (and was at fault for United's third goal), but soon after the match reports began to circulate that all was not well with our explosive striker, with confirmation that he had been removed from the squad yesterday evening.  There has been no official word from Liverpool yet on the severity of the injury, and we can only hope that his removal from the Uruguay squad is precautionary.  Liverpool don't play again until the 31st of March, meaning Nunez has two weeks to rest and recover on Merseyside.

Luis Diaz has also set the alarm bells ringing, after being withdrawn near the end of Sunday's game.  The winger appeared in some discomfort as he left the field, with Klopp later confirming that the player had 'felt his groin'.  Diaz is still set to join the Columbia squad in the coming days, though Spanish-speaking newspapers say the winger may have suffered a serious injury, with scans and tests due later today or tomorrow.  Again, there has been no official word from Liverpool, but everyone connected to the club will be hoping the injury is not as serious as reports claim.

Finally, Cody Gakpo appeared to roll his ankle in extra time on Sunday. The attacker was able to continue and is still part of the Dutch squad for the upcoming internationals.

Speaking after the United defeat, Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp spoke of his frustration at the timing of the internationals, telling the BBC "They play again in four or five days, it’s crazy."

Hopefully, things will become clearer in the coming days, and those players needing to be rested will be given the time to recuperate and prepare for the final part of the season.

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