Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, Virgil van Djik – Latest Liverpool injury news as Jürgen Klopp given multiple boosts ahead of Everton clash
Liverpool injury news: most recent changes as Jürgen Klopp receives many bonuses, including the return to training of Diogo Jota and an update on Luis Daz.
Jürgen Klopp hopes to have several players back in the coming weeks as Liverpool hosts Everton on Monday night at Anfield.
While Luis Diáz will take some time to recover, two other players returned to full training this week to give the Reds a boost. Virgil van Dijk is among those anticipated to return sooner rather than later and was seen participating in training today.
At his pre-Everton press conference, which starts at 9.45 a.m. (UK time) on Friday, Klopp will provide a thorough update.
The Portugal forward, who was injured during the game with Manchester City in October, is back in Liverpool training. He trained with the group at the AXA Training Centre on Wednesday and could make a timely comeback in the derby.
Jota, though, was on a run of 24 matches without a goal before he picked up his long-term injury. He will need time to get back to form and fitness and cannot be the savior of the season on his own.
The Colombian forward is still working his way back to fitness but Klopp confirmed last week that he was into the final few weeks of the recovery timeline having started running again.
He is still a way off and even when he comes back, he is another, like Jota, who will need time to get back to speed after such a long time on the sidelines.
The Brazilian midfielder missed the game with Wolves last week because he was ill, but would likely have sat the match out anyway due to his recent form.
Fabinho has lost his place to Stefan Bajčetić and the young Spaniard is likely to be the man to start on Monday night in what would be the biggest game of his career to date. However, his senior counterpart is back in training and available.
Firmino was only meant to be missing for a short spell but has now missed a number of matches. Last week, Klopp said he was ‘getting closer’ but there was nothing more specific than that. However, like Van Dijk, he has now been pictured playing some part in team training, albeit seemingly apart from the main group.
Having him and Jota back would suddenly make Liverpool’s attacking options look stronger again and give them a few more options to rotate and help out Cody Gakpo, Darwin Núñez and Mohamed Salah.
Having only played 13 minutes so far for Liverpool, his emergency loan spell has not gone as planned. Left out of the Champions League squad for the knockout phase, he will not be getting minutes there.
Arthur is back in full training, though, as confirmed by the latest training photos. And he could play some part in the second half of the season, though he will struggle for game time even now he is fit. Regardless, coming back into the main group alongside Jota, it’s a double boost for Klopp, taking a chunk out of the ‘injured’ list at the club.
Out with a hamstring injury, Konaté is still going to be missing for a couple of weeks but should be back around the time of the Real Madrid game in the Champions League last-16.
The French defender got injured against Brighton in the FA Cup, meaning that Joël Matip and Joe Gomez are likely to be the partnership that starts the Merseyside derby.
Virgil van Dijk
The Dutch defender was set to play a part in some elements of training this week, according to what Klopp said last week. Sure enough, he has now been pictured. With the defense a shambles last weekend, the quicker he comes back the better — but Everton will most likely come too soon.
Liverpool could also do with his height from set-pieces, which have proved to be a major issue recently. Everton, in particular, under Sean Dyche, are likely to target those as an outlet for success at Anfield.