Liverpool injury crisis deepens as Jurgen Klopp says situation is ‘not great’

Liverpool's Diogo Jota is placed on a stretcher
Diogo Jota prepares to leave the pitch on a stretcher - Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Liverpool’s injury crisis significantly deepened on Saturday as Curtis Jones, Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez were all forced out of their impressive victory at Brentford.

Jurgen Klopp admitted the situation was “not great” but insisted his players will continue to “go for it” for as long as they have 11 fit players, after their 4-1 win ensured they will remain at the top of the Premier League table this weekend.

The injury to Jota, who has been in sparkling form in recent weeks, appeared to be the most concerning. He left the stadium with his knee in a brace after Christian Norgaard, the Brentford midfielder, landed heavily on his leg in the first half.

Jones, meanwhile, departed the Gtech Community Stadium on crutches after picking up an issue with his lower leg, while goalscorer Nunez was removed at half-time as a result of a smaller issue.

Liverpool had come into the game without a series of key players, including goalkeeper Alisson Becker, defender Trent Alexander-Arnold and midfielders Dominik Szoboszlai and Thiago Alcantara.

“We have to see how much it costs us,” said Klopp. “We don’t know yet. Curtis got a knock above the ankle. He was not 100 per cent sure. That he cannot play on tells you it must be something because he would have played on at all costs.

“Diogo looks worse. I did not see it back, but I heard that the pictures did not look great as well.

“Darwin, we took off because he said he feels ‘un poco’, a really little [thing]. But that was obviously today enough to immediately push the brake and that is what we did. We took him off.

“That is not great. We can talk about that part of the game which is really not good, but we cannot change that any more. We can talk about the other part, because the performance level could have dropped but it was the other way around.”

Liverpool face Luton Town in midweek before next weekend’s League Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley.

“You can count the games coming up,” said Klopp. “It would be helpful if we had a bit more than one player for each position.

“We have to see how we deal with that now but it is all fine. That is the situation and we cannot change that.

“I cannot remember one day that was easy, with no problems at all. As long as we have 11 players we will go for it.”

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