The Reds’ injury list continues to grow, with Joel Matip reported to have missed Friday’s training session due to ‘a groin problem’.
Despite the imminent returns of Naby Keita and Kostas Tsimikas, who Jurgen Klopp says are both in contention to be involved against Crystal Palace, a number of Liverpool’s senior players are still sidelined.
Caoimhin Kelleher, Ibrahima Konate, Calvin Ramsay, Thiago, Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kaide Gordon and Diogo Jota all remain out, and now news has emerged of another potential injury issue.
The Echo run a similar story, and claim the ex-Cameroon international was withdrawn from training ‘as a precaution’.
Liverpool’s defensive injuries are also having a knock-on effect on the future’s of the likes of Nat Phillips and Sepp van den Berg, who were both expected to leave either on permanent or loan moves this summer.
Van den Berg was on the bench against Fulham and is said to be attracting interesting from a host of Championship clubs, with Blackburn reported to be at the front of the queue.
However, reports on Friday suggest that move could be on hold due to Liverpool’s injury concerns, which would tie in with a possible problem for Matip.
After a host of injuries in the first few years of his Liverpool career, the 2021/22 campaign was arguably Matip’s best season at Anfield yet, having managed to stay fit for the vast majority of the season.
Klopp will be hoping that remains the case this season, and hopefully his absence from Friday’s session was nothing more than a precaution.