Liverpool have been fairly plagued by injuries for most of the season. It helps, of course, that Jürgen Klopp can now call upon a group of players that are considerably more reliable when it comes to availability.
With more players fit on a regular basis, that means more rotation is possible to keep everyone fit.
It has also helped, of course, that the Reds are in the Europa League rather than the Champions League this season. That has helped Klopp rotate as well, with more winnable matches despite heavily changed starting XIs.
The wait continues for updates on Alisson Becker and Diogo Jota and there will be worries about the pair’s fitness until a full update is issued. That will be something that Klopp is asked in his pre-match press conference.
Liverpool take on LASK in the Europa League on Thursday and then welcome Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.
Klopp has plenty of options available to him for those fixtures, though there are some stars who are set to sit them out.
Having undergone successful surgery, it is simply a waiting game from here on in for Andy Roberton to come back into the Liverpool team.
“I’m getting there, slowly and surely. Surgery was a success which was the main thing, no complications from it or anything like that,” Robertson stated during the last international break.
“It’s so far so good, three weeks since my surgery now so everything is progressing well, I have just got to take it bit by bit and week by week. Everything has gone well up to this point and hopefully that continues. Hopefully, before we know it I’ll be back on the grass.”
Alisson Becker and Diogo Jota
Liverpool are still awaiting the results of the scans for Alisson and Jota after they sustained injuriy in the game against Manchester City over the weekend.
Klopp is likely to give an update in his pre-LASK press conference and the Reds will be keen to avoid a lengthy period of absence for either star. Caoimhín Kelleher and Cody Gakpo will be on standby for some more action.
Thiago Alcântara and Stefan Bajčetić
Both Spanish midfielders, Thiago Alcântara and Stefan Bajčetić, are set to miss the rest of the calendar year and an exact date of their return is not yet known in 2024.
Liverpool will take no risks with either of them as they are slowly reintegrated. There is no immediate need for either player with Klopp having plenty of other players to select in the center of the pitch.
But, of course, it would clearly be beneficial for Liverpool to be able to call upon some additional quality. Thiago is out of contract at the end of the season and Bajčetić is one of the most highly-rated young talents that Liverpool have.