There is very mixed injury news for Liverpool ahead of the visit to West Ham United after one in-form star was ruled out in blow for Reds and another major doubt.
West Ham take on title-challengers Liverpool looking to make it four Premier League wins in a row.
If the Hammers manage that at the London Stadium they will leapfrog Liverpool in the Premier League table, possibly into second place going into the international break.
West Ham face Genk away first in the Europa League on Thursday night. David Moyes knows his side are one win – and possibly even just one point – away from winning their group and sealing a place in the last 16.
Liverpool take on Atletico Madrid at Anfield on Wednesday evening.
So both sides could pick up knocks between now and Sunday’s game.
But Liverpool have received very mixed injury news ahead of West Ham with the loss of one of their in-form stars and another major doubt.
Very mixed injury news for Liverpool ahead of West Ham after in-form star blow and another major doubt
Naby Keita has been one of the surprise stars of Liverpool’s season so far with three goals and an assist in his seven starts.
But now Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed the central midfielder will miss the West Ham game with a hamstring injury that will keep him ‘out for a while’.
“Naby has a hamstring injury so will be out for a while,” Klopp said ahead of Liverpool’s game against Atletico (Sky Sports).
Klopp said Keita’s influence on the side was highlighted when he went off injured against Brighton last time out as the Seagulls came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 and almost won the game.
“It had an impact,” Klopp added. “The right side worked really well together with Naby, Trent (Alexander-Arnold) and Mohamed (Salah).”
Klopp confirmed Keita will miss the clash with West Ham. And another major doubt is the influential James Milner, who also injured his hamstring in last week’s win over Man United (Liverpool FC).
West Ham should not get too carried away by the news, though.
Because both Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara are expected to be back in Liverpool’s squad for the game.
It just shows the strength in depth that Liverpool have that they can replace two injured players with such high quality.
West Ham fans are also somewhat scarred after watching a massively depleted Liverpool team – particularly in defence where Jordan Henderson played at centre-back – comfortably beat them when they were on a roll last season.
The Hammers look an even better side this season, though, and it promises to be a pulsating clash.