Liverpool: Sky Sports man drops triple injury blow concerning Diaz, Gomez and Thiago
Sky Sports reporter Vinny O’Connor has revealed from that Liverpool are to be without Luis Diaz, Joe Gomez and Thiago until after the international break.
The Lowdown: Injuries woes refuse to go away
Just as things were starting to look great for Liverpool and Klopp once again with the likes of Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino returning into the first-team picture, they appear to have been dealt an untimely injury blow.
Despite their best efforts to get back to full fitness, it has been reported that Diaz, Gomez and Thiago won’t be seen with the first-team squad on a matchday for another few weeks, which will take us past the upcoming international break.
Liverpool’s recent resurgence in form has seen them go five unbeaten in the league and keep a clean sheet in each of those games, and it may well have handed this trio more time to get back to full fitness instead of being rushed back as the Reds scrap for points.
The Latest: Liverpool deal further blows
After speaking to Klopp at his pre-match press conference, O’Connor revealed that it’s very likely none of Diaz, Gomez or Thiago will be able to help the team until April.
He said: “He’s [Klopp] not short of forward options at the minute, is he, when you consider the form of Nunez, Gakpo, Mo Salah of course, Diogo Jota getting back up to full fitness – and where does Luis Diaz fit into all that?
“Well, at the minute, he hasn’t trained back with the group so he won’t be available this weekend. The likelihood is that he will be back after the international break; the same probably goes for Joe Gomez and Thiago as well.”
The Verdict: Klopp is still spoilt for choice
As O’Connor alluded to, it’s not as if Klopp is short of options in the final third, so Diaz’s absence shouldn’t be too much of a blow for the Reds. However, to not have Thiago once again could be more of an issue.
Much has been made of Liverpool’s huge problems in midfield, so having someone of Thiago’s ability would have been huge to ensure they kept up their momentum in their push for the top four.
However, given Thiago is now pushing on the wrong side of 30 and his body will need longer to recover and rest, taking this sensible approach to not rush him back could well be the best thing in the long term for the Spaniard and Liverpool.