As many as eight Liverpool players could reportedly miss the club’s opening game of the 2022-23 Premier League season against Fulham.
The Reds travel to Craven Cottage on Saturday 6 August to take on the newly promoted side. However, according to Liverpool World, they could be without a number of players, including some starters.
First-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker is one of the most notable potential absentees. The Brazilian played his side’s first friendly against Manchester United last season but has been absent through injury since then. Deputy goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher picked up an injury on international duty in June.
However, Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool’s official website that he expects Alisson to be available for the Fulham clash. The German tactician also said it could take Kelleher two to three weeks to regain full fitness.
Portuguese striker Diogo Jota is also on the touchline with a muscle injury and was absent from the Reds’ training camp in Austria. Naby Keita (ill) and Curtis Jones (unspecified injury) did not play in their FA Community Shield clash against Manchester City. The duo could also miss the clash against Fulham.
Another of their midfielders, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, suffered a hamstring injury in last season’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. Klopp confirmed the Englishman’s injury was “serious” (after 90 minutes) and he is sure to miss the Premier League opener.
Kostas Tsimikas has reportedly picked up an injury during Liverpool’s tour of Austria. Finally, Ibrahima Konate limped away in the last preseason game against RC Strasbourg. Thankfully, Klopp told the club’s official website it didn’t look “too worrying”.
Liverpool lift FA Community Shield to end solid pre-season
After starting their preparations for the coming season with a 4-0 defeat by Manchester United, Liverpool have bounced back brilliantly.
They won their next two games against Crystal Palace and Red Bull Leipzig, keeping seven clean sheets in the process.
Klopp’s side then suffered a minor hiccup and lost 1-0 to Red Bull Salzburg. However, the alarm bells didn’t get a chance to ring as they secured the FA Community Shield by beating Manchester City 3-1.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah and club-record new signing Darwin Nunez all scored as the Reds lifted the trophy for the first time in 16 years.
In their last friendly before the season, they fielded a radically different line-up, which suffered a 3-0 defeat by Strasbourg. Regardless of the result, Klopp’s men will go into the Premier League opener against Fulham with confidence.
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