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Injury Update: Liverpool Likely Without Thiago, Naby Keita, And Joel Matip

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Jurgen Klopp says Joel Matip, Thiago Alcantara, and Naby Keita are all close, but not quite ready to feature in their midweek Champions League match

With games coming thick and fast, Liverpool were hoping for good news on a trio of players pushing for fitness ahead of their midweek match against FC Midtjylland. Unfortunately, it seems like it is not in the cards as Thiago Alcantara, Joel Matip, and Naby Keita are all expected to miss the match.

“It’s still what I said last week, we look day by day,” said Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp.

“It looks like we will need a few more days. For tomorrow night, they probably will not be ready.”

Thiago and Joel Matip both hobbled off after the Derby against Everton. Thiago was the recipient of a nasty tackle from Richarlison that saw the Brazilian sent off — after Jordan Pickford’s reckless challenge went unpunished earlier in the game, and before Lucas Digne was sent off this weekend against Southampton — but I digress. Matip didn’t suffer any obvious injury, but it was revealed after the match that he had picked up yet another knock.

Naby Keita, on the other hand, had just returned to Liverpool after a negative covid-19 test when he picked up an injury during training.

With a dearth of options in central defense, Fabinho has been drafted to emergency service. Both Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum have taken turns filling the holding midfield role in some makeshift midfield alignments.

Hopefully the trio will be fit in short order. Liverpool have a big stretch of games coming up. After a resurgent West Ham side at the weekend, Liverpool will face the free-scoring Atalanta side twice in the Champions League sandwiching league games against Manchester City and Leicester City.

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