Now, when we have a break in the national team, it’s time to evaluate the squad and take stock of how the injured Liverpool players are recovering.
One of the main reasons for Liverpool’s poor form this season has been the constant injuries to the starting line-up.
Arthur and Diogo Hota have recently returned to the fold, but as some return, others are declared eliminated.
Luis Diaz — Knee
Released from: October 9 (against Arsenal)
Return: early April
Given that he was Liverpool’s best player in the opening games of the campaign, Luis Diaz’s absence this season may have gone unnoticed.
It was a disappointing performance as he was supposed to return during the World Cup, but suffered a setback when he had to leave a December training camp in Dubai to undergo knee surgery.
Now he is finally getting back into shape and, according to the Liverpool Echo, will resume full training next week.
What Klopp said (March 10): The return is “possible”, but not earlier than “after the international break”.
Tiago – hip
Released from: February 7 (against Wolves)
The only person who hasn’t been on the field for too long this season, by his own standards, is Thiago.
However, the Spaniard went missing after Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat to Wolves in the league.
The absence of the midfielder, like many injuries of the team, dragged on longer than expected.
Last week, he was pictured working on his recovery with Manu Crespo, a physical therapist who specializes in strength training.
What Klopp said (March 10): “Tiago, we’ll see how it develops in the next couple of weeks.”
Darwin Nunez — Ankle
Left with: Real Madrid (March 15)
Return: Manchester City (April 1)
Initial concerns surrounding the departure of Darwin Nunez from the Uruguay national team were slightly mitigated by the news that the injury is a “cut on the ankle,” as reported by El Pais.
According to reports, the injury was sustained in a match against Real Madrid, in which Nunez was removed in just the 57th minute.
It has since emerged that Liverpool have demanded that the striker withdraw from Uruguay’s upcoming friendlies against Japan and South Korea, probably as a precautionary measure.
Stefan Bajectic — Adductor
Released from: March 11 (against Bournemouth)
Return: next season
He has become an unexpectedly bright light in Liverpool’s midfield since breaking into the team after the World Cup.
However, an “absolutely serious injury”, as described by Jurgen Klopp, means that he will miss the rest of a breakthrough campaign in which he has demonstrated class as well as struggle, playing in defensive midfield and a little further in attack.
What Bajectic said (March 16): “It’s very sad to say goodbye to this amazing season for me, but I understand that this is part of football, and it will only make me stronger physically and mentally.”
Calvin Ramsay — Knee
Released from: end of January
Return: Next season
It wasn’t the season Calvin Ramsay had hoped for after signing with Aberdeen last summer.
He has only made one full start in the first team – Liverpool’s League Cup victory over Derby – the development of the right-back has stalled due to various injuries, culminating in knee surgery in February.
What Klopp said (February 17): “Now he has this injury and the season is over.
“Even if he could come back a little earlier, it doesn’t make sense. Because now is really [the time] to physically strengthen the boy, and then start all over again when we go again.”