On the precipice of another European outing for Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp is beginning to see his list of unavailable players growing to uncomfortable levels. It’s time to go through the most important news around the club right now.
Big names missing out on the Toulouse trip – The likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Ryan Gravenberch and Curtis Jones have not made the trip to France which means they will miss out for Klopp and Co.
It’s particularly unfortunate for Gravenberch who has made the Europa League his own and performed quite well when called upon. He has been Klopp’s best midfielder in the group stages. This news is not going to be received well.
Van Dijk is simply out with an illness so that is at least a comforting thought going forward.
Father of Luis Diaz not yet released – In one of the more shocking developments of recent memory at Liverpool, Lucho’s parents were abducted back in his homeland of Colombia.
While his mother has since been released his father remains missing as the group holding him has not released him as they promised due to conflicts with the military.
Hoping for a quick and peaceful resolution this whole ordeal.
Liverpool not actively looking to add to the midfield in January- This comes as a more than a little surprising news as the Reds have been heavily linked to a plethora of names, none moreso than Cope Libertadores winner Andre.
He came very close to joining Liverpool over the summer but wanted to see out his continental campaign with Fluminese which obviously proved extremely rewarding for the club and player.
While the newly build midfield at Anfield has seemingly hit the ground running, there is still work to be done and a long-term solution at the defensive midfielder spot has not been found.
If the injuries keep piling up going forward, Klopp and his staff might have to change their tune. I hope this news is not definite as additions should always be welcome.
Caoimhin Kelleher eager to take Europa League chances – The Irish keeper, widely accepted as one of the best No. 2’s around has not been shy admitting he wants to be first-choice one day.
He is looking to feature for a 5th time this season and he wants to get as much game time as he can to further his growth. While there is little to no chance he will ever displace a healthy Alisson, Kelleher wants to be the best version of himself.
This should be good news to the club as it will only be beneficial to have such a positive minded player pushing one of your best in the squad.