Liverpool will miss as many as five players for the Premier League clash with Southampton scheduled to hold at the St. Mary's Stadium on Monday night. The Liverpool quintet of Kostantinos Tsimikas, Virgil Van Dijk, Naby Keita, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip will all miss the Saints clash as a result of various injuries. Centre backs Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk are not expected to play again until the summer, while the other three players could return between now and the end of the season.
New signing Thiago Alcantara joined Liverpool at the start of the season but he has not been able to establish himself in the team due to Covid-19 and injury. The Spaniard missed some games at the start of the season after testing positive for Coronavirus.
Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah has been the talisman for the Mersey side giants since his transfer from Italian capital club AS Roma three years ago and his impressive record at home is key to his status as an important player for the Premier League champions.
He continued that formidablerecord during the latest Liverpool game, ahome clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers. Mohamed Salah scored and provided an assist as Liverpool thumped Wolves 4-0 to secure their biggest victory of the season till date in the Premier League this term.
On transfer deadline day in the transfer window of the 2008 season, former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez completed a £9.8 million deal to bring in Albert Riera.
The transfer deal happened to be one of those quiet and unexpected ones that Benitez pulled off during his time as Manager of the Anfield club.
Riera was signed from Spanish side Espanyol after bursting onto the scene with some strings of fine fine performances that attracted loads of suitors battling to secure his signing then. He was popularly known for playing some entertaining football during his time at Espanyol as he bossed the left flank with some excellent play on the wing.
The Liverpool midfield duo of Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho were missing in training as the rest of their teammates trained at their new training ground on Tuesday. The Reds trained for the first time at the new AXA training centre in Kirkbyyesterday.
Some Liverpool players were missing in action because of international commitments. The likes of Sadio Mane (Senegal), Diogo Jota (Portugal), Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker (Brazil) are with their respective countries. Reds stars like Joel Matip, James Milner, Nathaniel Philip, Adrian and DivockOrigi were all pictured at the training centre in Kirkby on Tuesday.
Arsenal defender David Luiz feels football does not need to make changes following the incident when Virgil van Dijk clashed with Jordan Pickford. The former Chelsea star sympathizes with the Dutchman but doesn’t agree players need more protection.
During the Merseyside derby last week, Virgil and Pickford clashed, resulting in injury to his cruciate ligament. This means the Reds’ skipper would be sidelined for months – this could be a major drawback for the defending champions.