Liverpool’s walking wounded return to Anfield on Sunday.
Before we begin services this morning we would like to take a pause, to remember Ray ‘Clem’ Clemence, the greatest keeper to pull on a Liverpool shirt, ever. He passed away Sunday, we will miss him and our thoughts and prayers are with his family in their hour of grief.
A time capsule was buried under a plaque in front of the new facility to be opened in 70 years time. They buried a pair of match worn Jurgen Klopp spectacles in there, as I’m sure folks 70 years down the road will still need spectacles, but I’m not sure if it might have been more prudent to give them to referee Martin Atkinson, he clearly needs ‘em now.
The player casualty list continues to grow as the Reds on international duty these past two weeks continue to be ravaged. Joe Gomez had knee surgery after an issue on the training pitch for England, he had surgery over the past week and will miss the remainder of this campaign. Jordan Henderson played only a half for England before being pulled as a caution for tightness in a thigh muscle.
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Mo Salah has had three positive tests for COVID and he is out in self-isolation. This brings the current Liverpool casualty list this campaign to never before seen numbers of injuries to a single team, with this being only the 9th match day come Sunday, when Klopp and Liverpool will host the Foxes and Brendan Rodgers of Leicester.
Here is the casualty list since August:
Jordan Henderson – knee, now a thigh injury
Virgil van Dijk – ACL surgery out for season
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Thiago – COVID, knee injury
Naby Keita – muscle injury
Joel Matip – muscle injury
Allison – shoulder injury
James Milner – minor thigh issue
Kostas Tsimikas – COVID, thigh injury
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – knee injury
Sadio Mane – COVID
Fabinho – hamstring injury
Joe Gomez – knee injury out for season
Mo Salah – COVID
Rhys Williams – hip injury
At this rate Jurgen Klopp and Pep Lijnders are gonna need to suit up and strap on some boots and take to the pitch, there are still a few days remaining before the tie.
So the gaffer will be putting a team on the pitch come Sunday that we have never seen, and with our current winning streak on the line this should be the most interesting tie of match day nine to watch.
Liverpool fans have been watching social media and the news to get updates on players health and availability. The internet has been a buzz all week with the prospect and speculation surrounding who is fit and who will start for the Reds.
So I will not be predicting a team sheet here for this tie; it is increasingly hard to predict what sort of squad that the gaffer will be forced through the necessity of circumstance to field.
But this I do know, whatever team Klopp puts out there on the pitch, will be strong, courageous, and coming ready to play; for the injured and ill, for the fans, for the club.
Liverpool will attack, attack, attack for the full 90 plus minutes. Aye, you can rest assured of this. This will certainly test the mettle of our Reds, and I’m dead positive they will be up for the challenge.