NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 22, 2022: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Nottingham Forest FC and Liverpool FC at the City Ground. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Only 8 Liverpool players have NOT missed a game due to injury this season

Liverpool have endured a torrid time with injuries as one step forward is always met by two steps back, with players yo-yoing in and out of the squad.

Injuries have not been kind to Liverpool so far this season – and that’s putting it lightly.

Whether in defence, midfield or attack, no department has been safe and it’s had quite the effect on Jurgen Klopp‘s ability to rotate effectively and, in turn, performances and results.

Against Nottingham Forest, Liverpool were forced to be without both Darwin Nunez (hamstring) and Thiago (ear infection), with the former missing a game through injury for the first time this season.

The manager has said Nunez “should be back” for the trip to Ajax but his minor injury made sure his name was added to a long list of Reds who have missed games with a fitness issue this season.

In fact, only eight senior players have avoided injury altogether throughout the 16 games played so far this campaign.

The list is limited to Adrian, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Nat Phillips, Fabinho, James Milner, Harvey Elliott and Mohamed Salah.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, October 3, 2022: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) celebrates with team-mate Virgil van Dijk after scoring the second goal, from a penalty kick, during the UEFA Champions League Group A matchday 3 game between Liverpool FC and Glasgow Rangers FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As a result, Van Dijk has played every minute of every game (1,440 minutes) and Salah is not far behind (1,323), nor is Fabinho (1,136).

That in itself will be a concern in what is a relentless and demanding season, as while Liverpool have no choice but to play them, they are already pushing them close to the red zone.

It’s a cycle that is hard to break and Klopp admitted as much before the trip to Forest.

“The problem is when you start with injuries in the season, then the boys who come back very often have to play too early, because there are no other options,” he said.

And the same can be said of those that have to play too much because there are no other options. It’s proving a hard cycle to break with 19 players sharing in a combined 119 games missed – and counting.

Games missed due to injury this season

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 16, 2022: Liverpool's Diogo Jota is carried off injured on a stretcher during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

*Not yet returned to matchday squad