Liverpool injury update: Three players are expected to miss the crucial match against Manchester City on Saturday, but Luis Daz is expected to return to training
Fans of club football are less likely to be fans of international football. The difference in quality between the two in the modern era is so great that watching international games can often feel like stepping back in time.
Liverpool hasn’t played since March 15, when it faced Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League. However, the international break serves one purpose: it allows players to recover from injuries without missing additional game time.
The break in the club game allows players to continue rehabilitation on their injuries, focusing solely on getting back into the first team. For others, a break from football can be beneficial in terms of recharging the body and relieving aching muscles. With a crucial match against Manchester City on April 1, Jürgen Klopp will be hoping to have a couple of players back, or at least close to a return to the first team.
After each game, we try to keep you up to date on the latest injury news on Liverpool.com. Here’s how things are looking ahead of Manchester City, including the latest on Luis Daz and other players.
Most Liverpool fans have been waiting for this player. Daz has missed the majority of the season due to an injury sustained against Arsenal in early October. However, after being seen doing individual work prior to the international break, he is set to return to full team training this week.
It remains to be seen whether he will be fit to face Manchester City in any capacity. DAZ will most likely be evaluated this week leading up to the game to see if he can at least come off the bench, but it may be too soon for the Colombian.
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The Spaniard has been out of action since February due to a hip injury. At this time, it is unknown when the midfielder will return to Liverpool. “Obviously, the Thiago situation is not good for us; he will be out for a while with a hip problem,” Jürgen Klopp said after the injury.
The most recent update on the former Bayern Munich player comes from his Instagram account, where he posted a picture of himself in the gym earlier this month. However, in the absence of further information, it must be assumed that he will miss the Manchester City match.
After returning from a hamstring injury to make the bench against Real Madrid, the defender should be available for the Manchester City game. That came just under a month after he last appeared for Liverpool, in a 5-2 loss to the same opponent in the Champions League in February.
Gomez is unlikely to play, with Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konaté, and Jol Matip all fit and ahead of him in the pecking order.
Darwin Nez withdrew from Uruguay’s squad during the international break due to an ankle injury sustained while playing for Liverpool against Real Madrid. It’s not a serious injury, and he hasn’t been ruled out of the Manchester City game, but he’s also not certain to be fit.
According to the ECHO, he is scheduled to return to training this week, after which he will be evaluated by the medical department. Liverpool will be hoping he returns sooner rather than later, having recently found his stride.
Gareth Southgate confirmed that Henderson was in England training despite being ill. Sure enough, he started in the 2-0 win over Ukraine at Wembley on Sunday evening.
As a result, Henderson should be able to play against Manchester City on Saturday, and can be expected to start in what is a huge game for Klopp at the start of a testing run.
Ramsay joined Liverpool last summer, and the club’s refusal to loan him out appeared to be a statement of Klopp’s intentions. However, the expectation that the Scot would be in and around the first-team squad has not materialized, with injuries marring his debut season.
He arrived at the club with a back injury, so Liverpool fans did not see him for months. The comeback did see him make his debut for the first team, but it was brief, and Ramsay is now out for the season due to knee surgery. Still, time will tell if he can make an impact.
Another promising young player who will be out for the season. Unlike Ramsay, teenager Bajeti was able to make an impact on the first team this season, but his rise was cruelly cut short by a setback.
Nonetheless, the Spaniard will reflect on a very successful campaign from a personal standpoint, which had already exceeded all expectations even before it ended prematurely. He is another player who is expected to come back strong next season.