Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is disappointed at the latest injury report for Luis Diaz. The Colombian striker suffered a setback in his recovery, with the Reds battling a rash of injuries in the squad.
The 2022-23 season has not exactly gone to script for Liverpool. The Reds are way behind the league leaders Arsenal and fighting to get back into the top four.
Rated as challengers for the Premier League this season, Jurgen Klopp has found the going tough and desperately needs a change in fortunes to steer the club back on the right track.
Klopp has suffered from the loss of Sadio Mane and the inability of Darwin Nunez to find form. Amongst the malaise that has hit the club is the rash of injuries. It has been a roller-coaster ride for Liverpool, and Klopp hopes things can get back to normal as quickly as possible.
The World Cup came at the right time for Klopp. The lull in club football gives his injured players time to recover and be available for the second half of the season. Things looked dandy, but the recent update is like a blow to the German. Luis Diaz suffered a setback to his knee injury and would remain on the sidelines for a lengthy period.
The ongoing World Cup in Qatar gave Liverpool some boost. It gave them time for their players to recover from their injuries. Particularly of concern to Jurgen Klopp os Luis Diaz, who was instrumental to Liverpool’s run last season. An injury has kept him on the sidelines, with Klopp looking forward to his return date.
The Colombian forward was looking good for an early return. Diaz was ahead of his return date and was looking good during the training camp in the UAE.
However, the story changed as he suffered a setback last week. The latest setback means that the injury that has not allowed him to play since the loss to Arsenal on October 9 is yet to heal.
Klopp described it as a smash in the face. Coping with these injuries and marshalling a winning team has been an arduous mission for Klopp. Klopp said it was a big disappointment for the side and Diaz too.
According to the German tactician, it was a non-situation in training, and then Diaz felt something forcing them to have a check-up. Klopp added that the result was a smash in the face.
With Diaz to spend more time at the medics, Klopp will now look to his other options to see how best to salvage the season. The Reds coped with the absence of the Colombian forward as they won eight of the ten matches he missed. They secured qualification to the next round of the Champions League and the Carabao Cup and are sixth in the Premier League.
The latest setback to Diaz means that Klopp only has Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez and Roberto Firmino as the fit senior forwards at his disposal. Another forward, Diogo Jota, is also recuperating from injury. Jota missed the World Cup with a calf injury and is yet to return.
Klopp can also call on Fabio Carvalho, Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as potential attacking reinforcements in his squad.
Elliot was an injury scare for Liverpool in their 3-1 friendly defeat to Lyon on Sunday, but Klopp has better news regarding his fitness. Elliot came off in the 29th minute of the game, but Klopp says he is alright.