Liverpool could be without three of their usual starters when Arsenal visit at the weekend, following some recent injury setbacks.
Earlier this month, we covered the reports that Roberto Firmino is likely to miss the Premier League clash between Liverpool and Arsenal.
Speaking in his press conference at the time, Jurgen Klopp confirmed the striker has a hamstring injury, and it’s serious enough to keep him out for at least a few weeks.
It looks like he might not be the only one. Both Sadio Mane and Jordan Henderson have had problems on international duty, though neither of them have been completely ruled out just yet.
Mane was substituted in the opening half an hour as Senegal faced Togo on Thursday, after a clash in an aerial duel. Initially, his manager suggested it was nothing too serious.
“Yes, the exit of Sadio Mane destabilized us,” Aliou Cisse admitted.
“He is an important player for the team, we took him off as a precaution and there is nothing serious.”
What will be more concerning for Liverpool fans is that Mane didn’t then return for Senegal’s following game against Congo. He was completely absent from Sunday’s squad.
With just five days until the Arsenal game, that obviously doesn’t leave him much time to recover.
As for Henderson, he’s returned to Liverpool early for further assessment on an injury picked up in England’s opening game of the break.
Again, there’s no suggestion it’s anything too serious, but it could leave his participation this weekend in doubt.
Liverpool are a top team, and they’ll certainly have players ready to fill in to good effect.
Diogo Jota always seems to turn up against Arsenal, and as long as Mohamed Salah doesn’t pick up an injury, they’ll still have the best player in the league available.
It’s just something for Klopp to worry about ahead of the game.