Want to know the latest Liverpool injuries? You’ve come to the right place.
When it rains, it pours. The scenes are pretty much similar when it comes to Liverpool and injuries. The Reds have started their season on a sour note and injuries have played a major role in the cause. According to an article from This is Anfield, there are only eight senior players in the squad who have avoided any injuries so far in the season.
Since the Liverpool injury list is pretty lengthy, unfortunately, we will not be able the cover all of them. In this article, we will be mainly focusing on some specific players like Arthur Melo, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, and Joel Matip. However, we will make sure to give you a brief update on the rest of the players. So, let’s get started.
Arthur Melo arrived at Liverpool as a deadline-day signing from Juventus and we know how these deadline loan deals turn out to be. The Brazilian had played just 13 minutes so far and when you think things couldn’t get any worse, it does! James Pearce from The Athletic first broke out the news that Arthur will be out for around 3-4 months after suffering a thigh injury with the midfielder requiring surgery.
Since the details mentioned were quite vague, we did some digging ourselves, and here is what we have:
Arthur suffered a tear to the quadriceps muscle and requires surgery. Firstly, the quadriceps consists of four muscles namely the rectus femoris, vastus medialis, vastus intermedius, and vastus lateralis. Generally, with these kinds of injuries, the rectus femoris muscle is more often involved where there is a tear/avulsion in the proximal tendon of the muscle. Therefore, surgery is performed to restore the anatomy.
Liverpool had an absolute nightmare against Arsenal, not only did they lose the three points but lost key players to injuries. One of the casualties turned out to be Joel Matip who reportedly suffered a calf injury. The reported timeline is set to be around 2 weeks.
A ‘calf’ injury is a vague term. The calf muscles include the medial & lateral head of the gastrocnemius muscle and the soleus muscle. The involved muscle hasn’t been reported but the given timeline of two weeks suggests it as a mild Grade 1 calf strain.
Talk about adding insult to injury. Liverpool already suffered massive blows after losing Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip to injuries against Arsenal. However, an injury to Luis Diaz in the same match summed up their season. The Reds not only lost a first-team player but their best attacker on current form. Luis Diaz had to be substituted in the first half after suffering an injury to his left knee.
If you have been reading our articles you will be aware that we don’t just make predictions but try to notice the small details in the game footage. After watching back the video, we didn’t notice any specific tweaking or twisting of the knee. However, we noticed the physio doing valgus testing on his left knee. A valgus test is performed to check the integrity of the medial collateral ligament (MCL). The reported timeframe for Diaz is around 6-8 weeks which lines up with a Grade 2 sprain. Based on these findings, we suspect Luis Diaz has suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain.
Liverpool made a brilliant comeback winning 1-0 against the current champions Man City. However, a wonderful performance was overshadowed by a last-minute injury to Diogo Jota who was stretchered off with a calf injury.
“It’s a big impact. Now we can say that because he will be out for a long time, we talk about months. We will see, I don’t want to put a number on it. It will be long.”– Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Diogo Jota
Based on Jurgen Klopp’s words, initial impressions look like a possible Grade 3 calf tear for Jota. Since Jota won’t be undergoing surgery, we believe he has avoided injury to the tendon which is a slight positive.
Some other Liverpool injury updates
- Calvin Ramsay
Calvin Ramsay has been out for around 3 months with a back issue. The 19-year old has been training with the U21s as he tries to regain full fitness after spending a lengthy period of time on the sidelines.
- Naby Keita
Naby Keita has been sidelined with a “serious” hamstring strain since August but is now getting closer to his return after joining group training today.
- Ibrahima Konate
Ibrahima Konate has been dealing with a muscular issue after returning from a 2-month absence due to a knee injury. The French international is expected to join group training today.
- Darwin Nunez
Darwin Nunez had missed the game against Nottingham Forest due to mild hamstring discomfort. The expectation is that he should be available for the game against Ajax.
With this, we conclude our article on Liverpool injuries. If you liked this article, check out our updates on Wesley Fofana and Kalvin Phillips.
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