Jurgen Klopp could have a selection headache for Burnley

Liverpool will still be without some big names for the weekend.

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Just when we thought Liverpool would be getting close to full strength, we have it taken away from us. A combination of unlucky injuries has now been partnered with a flu bug running through the squad.

It's going to make picking a Staring XI for Burnley on Saturday a very tricky proposition. Let's get into the details below.


It's no secret now that Thiago injured himself during his triumphant return from a 10-month absence. The extent of the injury is still unknown, but it does not look good.

There can be no way that Klopp will count on having him available for selection again anytime soon, although the boss did say he expects him to play again this season. We will see on that.

Joe Gomez

Gomez is one of the players that has been hit by the flu bug in the dressing room. He missed training on Thursday as a result and now faces a race to recover in time for the weekend kickoff.

It would be a stroke of bad luck as Gomez has been one of Liverpool's in-form players in recent weeks. Losing him could be a bigger issue than one would think. That is also not say anything about other players that might be out with the bug.

This is a wait and see situation.

Conor Bradley

The exciting young Northern Irishman will miss his second consecutive match as he remains with his family after the passing of his father.

There's not much more to say on this one as it is perfectly understandable. We'll see him when he is ready to return.

Mohamed Salah

Salah will not be ready in time to take the field this weekend, but he appears to be inching closer to a return.

He has been seen being his normal, jovial self in the weight room with the rest of the squad so that is a good sign. Klopp stated that he isn't sure if Salah will return to full training next week, but he also reiterated the Egyptian is targeting next week so we will see.

My money is Salah is back next week and a potential option for the Brentford match.

Dominik Szoboszlai

The Hungarian is not fit to face Burnley, and he is still battling to recover from the muscle injury he aggravated in his return against Chelsea.

Szoboszlai has been one of the the Reds best players this season and the sooner they can get him back, the better. The issue is these kinds of injuries take a wide-range of recovery times based on the individual.

I think the best target for him would be getting fit for the League Cup Final at the end of the month.