Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed he’ll be without Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson as well as Mohamed Salah for Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash with Leicester City.
The Reds have been ravaged by injuries lately, with Henderson picking up a hamstring issue on England duty last week, while Alexander-Arnold went down with a calf strain in their 1-1 draw with Manchester City a fortnight ago.
Speaking to the media ahead of Sunday’s crunch clash, Klopp confirmed Henderson and Alexander-Arnold would be unavailable. Liverpool had been quiet on the latter’s availability after ruling him out of England’s squad immediately.
“Hendo not (available) and Trent not, that’s clear. All the rest we will see,” Klopp said, referring to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Thiago Alcantara.
“They are in a good way, Ox (is) in a good way. They are all closer but we will see if it is close enough for the weekend.”
The double blow comes after Salah tested positive to coronavirus twice while away on international duty with Egypt.
Klopp revealed he was due to return on Friday but still needed to pass his COVID-19 protocols as part of the process for clearance to return to training and playing.
“He is probably back today, that’s all I’ve heard,” Klopp said.
“We are obviously in close contact with him all of the time and, how it always is in these cases, in the moment when you have a negative test then the process really starts. He’s in a good place, he feels well, no symptoms, so that is all fine.”
Liverpool’s long list of injuries, which include Joe Gomez now, has hijacked the lead-up to the showdown with the Foxes at Anfield, with Leicester garnering little attention despite sitting top coming into the weekend’s fixtures.
The Foxes may be boosted with the availability of Timothy Castagne and Wesley Fofana after injuries, but the game comes too soon for Wilfried Ndidi, Ricardo Pereira and Caglar Soyuncu who’ve all returned to training lately.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers said: “They will still be a formidable team and we have to be ready for a tough game. It’s still a squad with world-class players who can really hurt you.”