The internationals have never been kind to Liverpool, and it proved the same again with several players picking up injuries.
Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Djik and Sadio Mane have all picked up injury concerns while playing for their country. Thankfully for Jurgen Klopp, none have been definitely ruled out for Saturday’s clash against Huddersfield as of yet.
Mohamed Salah returned to Merseyside over the weekend after picking up a minor strain while on duty with Egypt. The forward, who scored in the 4-1 win against Swaziland, is likely to return to full training on Thursday, with the medical team confident that the injury isn’t serious.
Fellow forward Sadio Mane had his own injury scare; he’s believed to have broken a bone in his left hand. The team doctor Abdourahmane Fedior says Mane was injured in the home qualifier against Sudan on Saturday, which Senegal won 3-0. Although Senegal coach Aliou Cisse has ruled Mane out of the return game, the winger still traveled to Sudan with his national team. And while the injury is believed to be non-serious, Liverpool can only decide if “a further procedure is necessary” once Mane returns to the club, which will most probably be on Wednesday morning.
Sadio Mane was taken to the hospital this afternoon due to a minor injury in his hand ahead of Senegal's game against Sudan. pic.twitter.com/xOIoZmWMKK
— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) October 15, 2018
Elsewhere, things aren’t good for the Reds either. Defender Virgil van Djik has his ongoing struggles with a persistent rib injury. Holland boss Ronald Koeman has since claimed that van Djik was ‘constantly injected’ to help him play through the pain barrier. He went on to add that his captain had been playing with 2 broken ribs for weeks, believed to have been picked up prior to the Champions League victory against PSG. Despite his injury troubles, Koeman insists that van Djik will be available for the Huddersfield clash. Having played and scored in the 3-0 win against Germany, the centre-back will play no part in Tuesday’s Nations League clash versus Belgium.
Naby Keita was forced off the pitch in Guinea’s game against Rwanda in the first half, reportedly holding the back of his thigh. Interestingly, the former RB Leipzig midfielder had to be carried off the pitch as there were no stretchers available.
Amadou Makadji tweeted:
“Nabydid not complete the first period. The Liverpool player is holding the back of the thigh. It’s the break in Kigali.”
— Amadou Makadji™ 🇬🇳 (@makadjiamadou) October 16, 2018
Meanwhile, positive news have emerged regarding James Milner’s injury, with the Reds vice-captain reportedly in line for a return against Huddersfield. Having damaged his hamstring against Manchester City, it was originally thought the veteran would be sidelined for a month. However, the club doctors have since given the 32-year-old the go-ahead to step up his comeback, providing he returns to full training on Thursday. Arguably Liverpool’s best player this season, Milner’s lightning recovery would be music to Klopp’s ears as he plots a return to winning ways come Saturday.