Both Liverpool and Brentford have a number of injury concerns as they prepare for their Premier League clash on Sunday.
Brentford are expecting goalkeeper Mark Flekken to be fit for Sunday’s trip to Liverpool but Thomas Frank still has a number of injury concerns as they visit Anfield.
Flekken was taken off at half time in last weekend’s 3-2 win over West Ham United but has been training this week. Josh Dasilva (hamstring), Keane Lewis-Potter (calf) and Mikkel Damsgaard (knee) have been training this week but are still doubtful to feature against the Reds. Shandon Baptiste and Myles Peart-Harris are also doubts but are both closing in on a return to action.
Rico Henry, Aaron Hickey and Ivan Toney are all long-term absentees while The Bees will remain without Kevin Schade after he underwent surgery. Providing an update, Frank said:
“He is on track, I think he will be out until the New Year.”
Looking ahead to the game, Frank added:
“For five years, Liverpool have been one of the top teams not just in the Premier League but the world. They have a fantastic coach [Jürgen Klopp] and coaching staff and great players.
“They have new energy in their squad with some of their new signings. [Dominik] Szoboszlai is a fantastic player. [Darwin] Núñez is getting closer to his top, and [Diogo] Jota is a top player. [Luis] Díaz – I’m pleased to hear his parents are now safe – is a fantastic player. Then you have the standout guy, 25 plus goals, [Mohamed] Salah.
“It’s an unbelievable team at Anfield – one of the most difficult away grounds to go to, if not the most difficult. It will be a tough test, but as always, we trust ourselves. We will try to take the game to Liverpool.”
Liverpool also have a number of injury concerns for the Premier League meeting between the sides. Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic, Conor Bradley, Curtis Jones and Andy Robertson are all out while Alexis Mac Allister is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Luton Town.
Summer arrival Ryan Gravenberch is a doubt after missing the Reds’ Europa League defeat in Toulouse on Thursday. Klopp said earlier in the week:
“Ryan got a little niggle of the knee. It is not major, he was running already today [Wednesday], but [there was] no chance for this game [against Toulouse]. We hope there is a chance for Brentford, and he will definitely be back after the international break.”