Jurgen Klopp has joked that Liverpool has been cursed by a witch in light of all the sudden injuries to his squad.
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In the week building-up to Monday night’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, the Reds lost several key players to injuries, which resulted in Klopp naming a starting XI that was far from full strength.
Prior to the start of the season, Diogo Jota, Ibrahima Konate, Curtis Jones, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were all ruled out through injury, while Thiago Alcantara joined them in the treatment room after the season opener against Fulham.
But the list has continued to grow in the last few days, with Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino missing the Palace game, while Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson were only deemed fit enough for the bench.
‘The week was crazy, I’ve experienced a lot of weeks but that was like we had a witch in the building,’ Klopp said post-match on Monday.
‘Every day was like somebody else pulled out for the craziest reasons.
‘In the end Joey [Gomez] didn’t start, and then did really well I have to say, but he didn’t start because he only trained yesterday again, started the week with a little issue.
‘Hendo, this morning we got information there’s a little concern about something if he plays too long, so he didn’t play long. That was the situation, which is not too cool.
‘Bobby [Firmino] didn’t make it. He might be ready next week again. [Matip] will be two weeks, or more, I think. We will see.’
Klopp will be hoping to get as many players as he can back on the pitch as soon as possible, after picking up just two points from their opening two games of the season, against opponents they were largely expected to beat.
The absence of Gomez, Matip and Konate meant that the out of favour Nat Phillips was forced to start against the Eagles and the centre-back looked completely out of his depth against the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Eberechi Eze.
The return of Firmino cannot come soon enough for Liverpool, as the side currently won’t have any natural strikers available for their next three games, with Jota injured and Darwin Nunez suspended after being shown a straight red card for headbutting Palace defender Joachim Andersen.
Liverpool’s next game is another Monday night fixture, this time against fierce rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.
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