Jurgen Klopp is looking to get Liverpool’s Premier League title challenge back on track after last week’s disappointing defeat to Arsenal, with the Reds taking on Burnley on Saturday
Liverpool are battling an increasing injury crisis as they look to get their Premier League title bid back on track.
The Reds suffered a setback last Sunday with a defeat to rivals Arsenal, allowing the Gunners and Manchester City to close the gap at the top of the table. They have a prime chance to retake control when they face struggling Burnley on Saturday.
But boss Jurgen Klopp will be without Thiago Alcantara after the midfielder suffered yet another injury. That blow comes as two Reds stars were nominated for the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for January.
And star Harvey Elliott opened up on the texts he has received from Mohamed Salah during the Egyptian’s spell on the sidelines. Here, Mirror Football rounds up all the latest Liverpool news.
Thiago injury blow
Thiago Alcantara has suffered a fresh injury setback having only just returned from a hip problem. The midfielder played his first game of the season as a late substitute in last week’s defeat to Arsenal.
But he has now suffered another muscle injury after feeling a twinge during the match. At this point it is unknown how long the Spanish international is going to be sidelined for.
Liverpool will continue to assess the the 32-year-old and are hoping it is only a minor issue. But it marks yet another injury problem to plague the midfielder, who has suffered issues with his knee, calf and thighs since arriving at Anfield.
Read more on Thiago’s injury.
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Reds duo nominated for award
Conor Bradley and Diogo Jota have been nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month award for January. The Liverpool duo have been recognised for their form over last month and have been named on a six-man shortlist.
They will go up against Elijah Adebayo (Luton Town), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Gabriel Magalhaes (Arsenal) and Richarlison (Tottenham). Bradley set up a goal on his top-flight debut in the win at Bournemouth, before notching two assists and scoring against Chelsea.
Meanwhile Jota scored three goals and notched two assists in the top-flight during January, helping the Reds to win all three of their games. Supporters have until Monday to vote for their winner.
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Salah texts revealed
Mohamed Salah has been messaging Harvey Elliott during his injury absence. Salah is still working his way back to full fitness but has been keeping in touch with Elliott, who is one of his understudies.
“With Mo, he’s always trying not only to push myself but the other youngsters as well and, in all fairness, he doesn’t really need to do it. Although he was at the AFCON with Egypt, he messaged me after the Arsenal game in the last round of the FA Cup saying, ‘how did you find it?’ and so on,” he said.
“They are the things he doesn’t have to do but he’s just a great human being and always wants the best for everyone. To have him in the team and to see what he’s accomplished is just unbelievable and it’s a pleasure to share the pitch with him.”
Read more on Salah’s messages with Elliott.
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