Liverpool injury news: Jürgen Klopp and his team prepare to face Real Madrid in the Champions League last-16 at the Santiago Bernabéu
Liverpool is ready to head to Real Madrid in the Champions League, having to overcome a 5-2 loss at Anfield in the first leg of the last-16 tie to advance.
Jürgen Klopp will have plenty of options to try and pull off that unlikely miracle, with no new injury concerns following the defeat to Bournemouth.
Meanwhile, midfielders Naby Keta and Curtis Jones will be hoping to return to the matchday squad after being left out at the weekend, though Arthur Melo, who did sit on the bench at the Vitality Stadium, is ineligible in Europe after being left out of the Reds’ Champions League squad in a January reshuffle.
With such inconsistency — and a big setback to try to reverse at the Santiago Bernabéu rather than Anfield — it would be quite an accomplishment for Liverpool to make it into Friday’s quarter-final draw.
If they manage the near-impossible, it will be Liverpool’s greatest European achievement.
After each game, we aim to keep you up to date on the latest injury news on Liverpool.com. Here’s how things are looking in the run-up to Real Madrid. Klopp will provide an update at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday at 8 p.m. UK time.
Joe Gomez has been dealing with a muscle ailment since being hurt in the first leg against Real Madrid. Klopp stated last week that Gomez may return to training at the beginning of this week.
Even if he did, he would be extremely unlikely to play, with Ibrahima Konaté and Jol Matip both available and ahead of him in the pecking order.
After undergoing surgery, the promising Scottish full-back is expected to miss the rest of the season. He, like Gomez, would have been extremely unlikely to appear in this game in the first place.
He should be able to have a considerably bigger impact next season, with a return to action anticipated before pre-season begins, by which time he will have had a year to adjust into life at Anfield.
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When asked about Thiago’s return before the game against Bournemouth, Klopp only responded “we shall see,” which might signify anything in terms of a timescale.
The Spaniard is now unable to train (and hence play) due to a hip injury, but with no update and only three cryptic comments from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at the end of last week, a return does not appear to be soon.
Colombian winger Luis Daz is set to rejoin to training with his teammates this week, but the match against Real Madrid is too close for him to play.
It is likely that Daz will participate in a practice following the Real Madrid game, when Liverpool will have a 17-day break before facing Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the first match back from the international break.