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When will Thiago, Jota, Konate and Co. return to ease Klopp's worries?

By Charles Cornwall

When will Thiago, Jota, Konate and Co. return to ease Klopp's worries?

Liverpool have 10 players sidelined, sparking talk of a move into the transfer market.

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Liverpool have 10 players sidelined, sparking talk of a move into the transfer market. One game into the new Premier League season, and Jurgen Klopp already has plenty to worry about.

Never mind Liverpool’s opening-day draw at Fulham – a performance which, in Klopp’s words, meant his players didn’t deserve hugs from their manager – it’s the injury list which is most concerning. Thiago Alcantara became the latest player to be struck down, limping off just after half-time at Craven Cottage with what appeared to be a hamstring issue.

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The Spaniard, remarkably, is the 10th Liverpool first-teamer sidelined at the moment, leading to renewed calls for Klopp to dip into the transfer market before the window closes at the end of this month. That still appears unlikely, with Klopp insisting on Saturday that “a transfer must make sense, now and in the long term.”

“We still have eight midfielders – just some of them are injured at the moment,” he added. “It's not a good situation at all, but we won't panic. We have to see how we react." Whatever happens, Liverpool could do with having a few of their stricken stars back on the pitch soon.


Thiago Alcantara: The No.6 came off early in the second half of Liverpool's Premier League opener with Fulham.  Jürgen Klopp on August 6: "Now with Thiago that is, of course, not good and we will see."

Ibrahima Konate: The defender came off during the second half of the friendly with RC Strasbourg Alsace and will miss the start of the season as a result of the injury. Klopp on August 5: "Ibou, in a challenge in the game against Strasbourg, what happened there we have to see how long it will take but he is out for a while."

Naby Keita: Keita sat out the fixture with Strasbourg due to illness. Klopp on August 6: "Naby is only ill and he will now be back definitely next week again."

Curtis Jones: Jones was absent from the Reds' squad for their final pre-season friendly of the summer. Klopp on August 5: "We hope with Curtis we caught it in the right moment, that's just how it is with young players. They have some kind of stress reactions sometimes and then if they go over it because it's not massive pain, it could lead to something serious. We caught it early but we still have to be careful. That's it with him, so he is not in."

Kostas Tsimikas: Tsimikas sat out the friendly at Red Bull Salzburg with a minor issue and has been recovering since. Klopp on August 5: "Kostas [was] unlucky in a training situation. I saw him now, he was out on the pitch and he might be - in his opinion, anyway - ready to train next week, which is helpful."

Diogo Jota: The forward is currently sidelined with a hamstring issue. Jota on August 2: "I was coming back in this pre-season, I felt it a little bit again. So it will be a few more weeks, I would say."

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: The No.15 suffered a muscle injury during the friendly with Crystal Palace in Singapore. Klopp on July 29: "It's a serious hamstring injury and it will take longer."

Calvin Ramsay: The summer arrival missed out on the pre-season tour of Asia with a minor fitness issue. Klopp on July 9: "Unfortunately, Calvin is now not training with us in the moment, he has a little injury. Nobody knew, we found it when he did his medical check."

Caoimhin Kelleher: The Republic of Ireland international is currently unavailable for selection. Klopp on July 29: "I think Caoimh will be another two, three weeks and then he should be fine." 

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