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Liverpool injury report ahead of Sheffield United contest


Liverpool take on Sheffield United at Anfield on Saturday as they look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League.

The Reds managed to obtain three points in their opening UEFA Champions League match against Ajax in mid-week, however the quest to retain their English crown will now take centre stage once again.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are coming off the back of a controversial draw in the Merseyside derby that saw him lose Virgil van Dijk for what could be the rest of the season with an ACL injury, although the club are reluctant to put a timescale on his absence.

However, the Dutchman is not the only key player to appear on the injury list at the minute, with several names on it which will provide the manager with some concerns. It could also provide gamblers with something to think about when they check out website, as the problems could provide the environment for a shock to happen.

Here is a detailed look at those on the list at the moment ahead of their contest with Sheffield United at Anfield on Saturday…

Virgil van Dijk

As mentioned, the Reds will be without Van Dijk for the majority of the season at the very least because of the injury he sustained following a poor challenge by Toffees goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford.

The centre-back will undergo surgery to repair the damage and whilst there is no timeframe, it would not be a surprise if we did not see him on the pitch until next season.

Thiago Alcantara

Another player who found himself on the receiving end of a bad tackle in the Merseyside derby, Thiago Alcantara also required treatment.

The Spanish midfielder was sent up into the air after a wild lunge from Richarlison caught him – a tackle that saw the Everton man receive a red card.

There have been concerns that their new signing could miss a large chunk of the season as well, however initial reports are suggesting that he could make a return on Saturday.

Joel Matip

The man that might be used to replace Van Dijk in the defence, Joel Matip picked up his own problem in the 90 minutes he featured in the game against Everton.

Although his knock is not thought to be too serious, he still missed their UEFA Champions League win against Ajax earlier in the week. The Reds will hope he is fit to face Sheffield United this weekend, though.

Matip has had serious problems in regards to injuries, though, as he has featured for just 165 minutes in the Premier League in the last 11 months because of the issues he has had.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is one player who just can not seem to avoid being injured. His latest knock came during a training camp in Austria and there is hope that he will not be out for too much longer as he can be a key member of Klopp’s squad when fit.

Kostas Tsimikas

Kostas Tsimikas is expected to return to training imminently following a thigh problem, although the match with Sheffield United appears to have come too quickly for him. There is some hope around the club that he could be fit for their Premier League clash with West Ham United next week.

The Greek left-back suffered the current injury after making his full debut in the win over Lincoln City in the EFL Cup.

Alisson Becker

Klopp had issued a positive update on Alisson Becker in his pre-Everton press conference.

The Brazilian had been expected to miss around six weeks however there is hope that his time on the sidelines could be significantly shorter than that.

Although he has not been officially ruled out of the contest against the Blades, it is unlikely he will make a return just yet.

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