No, this isn’t a joke – Jordon Ibe is the latest Liverpool player to pick up a hamstring injury and join the club’s ridiculous injury list.
Ibe is the seventh player currently to be sidelined with a hamstring injury, joining Martin Skrtel, Divock Origi, Daniel Sturride, Jordan Rossiter, Dejan Lovren and Philippe Coutinho.
Joining those seven in the injury room at present are Jordan Henderson (foot), Mamadou Sakho (knee), Kolo Toure (cramp) and long-term absentees Danny Ings and Joe Gomez (both ACL). Jon Flanagan is back training, but far from match fitness after 19 months out.
That means Klopp is without 13 first-team players for the trip to Exeter City on Friday night.
Such is the crisis, Liverpool have brought back academy youngsters Ryan Kent and Sheyi Ojo back from loan at Coventry and Wolves, as well as centre-back Tiago Ilori from Aston Villa.
Ibe had a knee injury in November and missed games recently due to illness. This is the 13th hamstring injury suffered since Klopp took charge in October.
It’s another blow for Klopp and for the player himself, with Ibe having scored his third goal of the season when replacing Coutinho at Stoke City on Tuesday night.
Ibe’s injury means Ojo and/or Kent are even more likely to be handed their Liverpool debut against Exeter.
The Echo report that Ibe has not yet been ruled out of next week’s games against Arsenal and Man United at Anfield.
You can see Klopp discuss the current injury crisis, and how he plans to deal with it, in his press conference from Thursday morning here.
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