Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could be set to receive some welcome good news ahead of this Sunday’s match against table-toppers Leicester City. Liverpool were dealt a major blow last week when Joe Gomez suffered a serious knee injury which required surgery in England training. Gomez is likely to miss the majority of the rest of the season.
News about Gomez added to the blow of the anterior cruciate knee ligament injury suffered by Virgil van Dijk last month.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is also set for another few weeks on the sidelines with a calf problem.
Goalkeeper Alisson, summer signing Thiago Alcantara and midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita have all spent time out due to injury already this season.
But it appears there will finally be some good news for Klopp.
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Captain Jordan Henderson has been withdrawn from the England squad after being substituted at half time of Sunday’s 2-0 Nations League loss to Belgium.
But the Mirror claim that is only a precaution and Henderson is set to be available to face Leicester.
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Meanwhile, left-back Andy Robertson is set to train with Scotland today after missing Sunday’s match against Slovakia with a slight hamstring problem.
Robertson could feature for Scotland against Israel on Wednesday.
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And the third piece of good news is Fabinho is set to train this week after missing the last three matches with a hamstring injury.
Brazil international Fabinho is likely to once again deputise at the back following the injuries to Van Dijk and Gomez.
Reports on Monday claimed Liverpool were not planning to spend in January despite being stretched to the limit in defence.
But former England striker Kevin Phillips believes there is no way Liverpool can cope this season without bringing in a couple of defenders.
“They may look to sign one permanently and one on loan,” Phillips told Football Insider.
“Liverpool definitely need to sign one centre-back permanently – 100 per cent.
“You cannot play the whole season with a stand-in centre-half who is a midfield player and a young centre-half as well because they will get tested and make mistakes. One is young and one is out of position.
“It is critical that Liverpool enter the market in January and I am sure the recruitment department are identifying players and doing their homework.
“They need to get it right because it is a huge area of the pitch to have players missing.
“You win titles on a solid defence and last season it showed. All of a sudden it has been disrupted. It is going to be a big test.
“They need to definitely sign one permanently and then maybe nick one on loan with a view to a permanent next summer.”
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