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Arsenal Are Now Interested In Signing ‘Extremely Exciting’ Teenager Just Weeks After Transfer

Arsenal want William Boving and are fighting Torino and Borussia Monchengladbach in the race for his signature.

The Gunners are always on the hunt for talented young players.

That has become a key component of Edu’s revolution at the Emirates Stadium and Mikel Arteta is more than happy to develop those young talents.

Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka have developed rapidly under Arteta and Edu will no doubt have his eyes on a host of youngsters around the world.

Arsenal Want William Boving

The latest name appears to be that of Sturm Graz forward William Boving.

Corriere dello Sport in Italy report that Boving is attracting interest from three clubs just weeks after joining Sturm Graz.

Arsenal, Borussia Monchengladbach and Torino have all shown an interest in Boving, who is showing promise in Austria.

Boving, 19, came through the Copenhagen ranks over in his native Denmark.

Boving made 44 first-team appearances for Copenhagen, bagging five goals during that time to spark interest.

Sturm Graz then took a liking to him and signed him just before the transfer deadline as a replacement for Rasmus Hojlund – another Danish attacker signed from Copenhagen.

Hojlund was quickly sold to Atalanta for huge profit and Boving could now follow suit very soon.

Boving has only bagged one goal and one assist in seven league games for Sturm Graz but he has excelled in the Europa League.

Two goals against Lazio earlier this month have put Boving on the radar of other clubs and Arsenal appear to be one of them ahead of the 2023 transfer windows.

Capable of playing across the front line, Boving could viewed as a versatile attacking talent for the future at Arsenal.

Branded ‘extremely exciting’ and ‘highly talented’ by Sturm Graz sporting director Andreas Schicker, Boving is now a name to keep close tabs on if you’re an Arsenal fan.

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Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool manager says Steven Gerrard will bounce back after Aston Villa sacking

Jurgen Klopp revealed he spoke to Steven Gerrard following the former Liverpool captain’s sacking as Aston Villa head coach and backed him to bounce back from the disappointment.

Gerrard – who played over 700 games for Liverpool and won nine major trophies – was dismissed by Villa on Thursday in the wake of their 3-0 defeat at Fulham, which left them 17th in the Premier League.

The 42-year-old began his coaching career in Liverpool’s academy during Klopp’s time in charge, and the German said: “I’m very sure he will come back.

“When he was at the academy we obviously created a bit of a close relationship and I always followed him.

“We had a little exchange but nothing too deep, not a long conversation.

“I can imagine it’s disappointing for him because of the ambitions he had, but I don’t think we have to worry about Stevie. He knows the game long enough and these kind of things can happen.

“We all get knocks here and there – it’s about how you respond. A lot of great managers out there had to leave their previous clubs for different reasons. Some of the best did that quite frequently during their career. They turned up somewhere else, learned from it and found a better situation.

“Now I hope he takes a bit of time for him because, since he finished his career, he’s pretty much working all the time. Maybe use it now for himself to recharge.”

Klopp: Familiarity leads to loss of ‘desire for details’

Like Villa, Liverpool endured a trying start to the season, but Klopp has been able to reverse his side’s fortunes, in part thanks to a move away from the 4-3-3 formation that has helped to bring them so much success during the manager’s reign.

Klopp began to move away from his tried and tested system this month and the results have been largely positive, with four wins and just one defeat, which came at the hands of league leaders Arsenal.

Liverpool’s response to that loss at the Emirates Stadium was particularly impressive, with Klopp’s team – utilising a 4-4-2 formation – hitting Rangers for seven, beating champions Manchester City and seeing off West Ham in midweek.

Klopp said the switch in formation had provided “stability” and conceded the use of a 4-3-3 system for so long could have caused his players to “lose a little bit the desire for detail.”

Klopp said: “We played for quite a time a specific system and when you get used to things you lose a little bit the desire for detail.

“Because it was so well-tuned – how we defended, pressed – little things can change a lot. That’s why we had to change a big thing and to start thinking new about it as a group.

“It’s actually not a big difference. It’s a change of responsibilities, slightly. It gave us so far more stability in different moments.

“It all depends on who is available, so we have to stay open for all different possibilities. It’s about what is best for us and what is worst for the opponent.”

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Jurgen Klopp has just hinted Liverpool will replace Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota with ‘exceptional talent’

“When we started the 4-4-2, we had two more strikers available. It was only 10 days ago.”

Liverpool’s midfield injury crisis is clearing up with long-term absentee Arthur Melo now the only one of Jurgen Klopp’s 10 senior midfielders not in training. Yet after losing Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota to serious injuries of their own in the past two weeks, the Reds are now feeling the pinch in the final third.

Without the pair, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Darwin Nunez are the only senior options on offer to Klopp, though youngsters Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho are growing increasingly relied on. From boasting seven senior international forwards for the second half of last season, the German is arguably just one more injury away from a full-on attacking crisis.

Such an injury nearly fell during Liverpool’s win over West Ham United too as Nunez was withdrawn as a precaution with a hamstring complaint. Klopp said after the game they caught the issue in time, but later confirmed the Uruguayan underwent treatment on Thursday and is being assessed ahead of the Reds deciding if he is fit to face Nottingham Forest or not.

Should the striker miss out, Liverpool are at least covered down the middle thanks to Salah and Firmino. Meanwhile, Elliott is an alternative to the Egyptian on the right-hand side. But after losing both Diaz and Jota to injury, it’s a very different story on the left.

Fabio Carvalho is the only available player left to have started for the Reds on the left flank this season. Yet the 20-year-old is still very inexperienced in the English top-flight, boasting just six Premier League starts, with the lack of alternatives far from ideal.

And that’s even without considering his favoured position is through the middle, with Transfermarkt suggesting only four of his professional career appearances to date have actually come on the left for either the Fulham or Liverpool first teams.

Now back in training, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who hasn’t played competitively since the Reds’ last trip to Nottingham Forest back in March, could perhaps be a more experienced option as he steps up his own return from a hamstring injury suffered in pre-season. Yet the England international is expected to leave Anfield on a Bosman transfer when his contract expires next summer and, with all due respect, historically has not been a player you can rely on to stay injury-free.

Meanwhile, with the promise of being utilised in midfield rather than out wide one of the reasons behind his move to Liverpool from Arsenal back in 2017 in the first place, only 17 of his 133 appearances for the Reds have actually come on the left, with a late substitute appearance in a 4-1 victory over Aston Villa in January 2021 his last outing in the role according to Transfermarkt.

Yet Klopp could have just hinted who he actually intends to turn to in order to fill such a role in the weeks ahead following Curtis Jones’ own return from injury. The England Under-21 international made his first appearance since the Community Shield when coming off the bench in the midweek victory over West Ham United, with his manager delighted to have him back in contention.

“It’s perfect to have him back,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference ahead of facing Nottingham Forest. “He’s an exceptional player, an exceptional talent. In whichever system we can play, he can play different positions which is very helpful.

“We just brought him in after a long time without playing regularly. You could see there was still space for improvement but that’s normal. It’s perfect having him back and, hopefully from now, having him back will be very helpful for us.”

On paper, the returns of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jones could perhaps be seen as more beneficial to ensuring Liverpool’s midfield injury crisis is firmly behind them. Yet Klopp’s comments about the 21-year-old being capable of playing different roles in different systems is particularly intriguing.

We were given a glimpse of that fact against the Hammers as Jones was introduced on the left wing for the final 33 minutes. According to Transfermarkt, that outing was only the seventh time he had filled such a position for Klopp’s first team.

But despite a lack of senior experience in the role, the midfielder made it his own when coming through the Reds’ youth ranks and impressing enough to earn his promotion to the senior setup in the first place.

Regularly played on the left of the front three for the Under-23s in Premier League 2 and the Under-19s in the UEFA Youth League, Transfermarkt credits him with 26 appearances in the role in 2018/19 and 2019/20, with him captaining Liverpool’s youngsters in the latter.

From those games, he recorded an impressive 17 goals and seven assists. Meanwhile, even when not playing there for the first team, he has still demonstrated his eye for goal and creativity in the final third with eight goals and nine assists to his name.

Obviously it would be a big ask for Jones to immediately step up and replicate such returns in the Premier League and Champions League, even without considering the fact he’s only just back from long-term injury and hasn’t played the role consistently for two and a half seasons.

But by bringing Jones on there against West Ham and from Klopp’s recent pre-match quotes, it would seem that turning to the 21-year-old on the flanks is now a prospect he is seriously considering in the absence of Diaz and Jota.

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Former England manager Fabio Capello has picked Trent Alexander-Arnold in his ideal World Cup XI

Former England manager Fabio Capello has picked Trent Alexander-Arnold in his ideal World Cup XI, despite question marks over whether the Liverpool full-back will even make Gareth Southgate‘s final squad.

Despite being in scintilating form for Liverpool over the past five years, Alexander-Arnold has had a difficult relationship with the England team with the 24-year-old racking up just 17 caps for the national team since making his debut in 2018.

The full-back has struggled for form so far this campaign for Jurgen Klopp‘s side and failed to play a single minute during the most recent international break in September.

His cause has not been helped by England’s plethora of options at right-back with Reece James, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier all seemingly ahead of Alexander-Arnold in Southgate’s thoughts.

However, with James and Walker both picking up injuries that have raised significant doubts about their hopes of featuring at the World Cup, Alexander-Arnold’s chances of making an impact in Qatar have increased, with previous speculation he would fail to even make Southgate’s 26-man final squad.

But Capello, who coached the Three Lions from 2007-2012, is clearly a fan of the Liverpool star, and selected him in his ‘ideal World Cup XI’.

After being asked by Italian outlet La Gazzetta Dello Sport to select his team, he included Alexander-Arnold and fellow Englishman【】Phil Foden.

Lining up in a 4-3-3 formation, Capello selected Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, while Virgil van Dijk, Marquinhos and Alphonso Davies joined Alexander-Arnold in defence.

His midfield three included former Real Madrid teammates Casemiro and Luka Modric, alongside Kevin De Bruyne. Up-front Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema joined Phil Foden, who was preferred to players such as Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Legendary Italian coach Arrigo Sacchi also chose his World Cup XI and similarly selected Alexander-Arnold in his defence.

Alexander-Arnold was forced to withdraw from England’s Euro 2020 squad just eight days before the tournament began after suffering a thigh injury during a pre-tournament friendly.

The 23-year-old will hope to recapture his form for Liverpool over the coming weeks to ensure he nails down his place in the Three Lions squad for Qatar.

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Reality of Trent Alexander-Arnold run as pre-season ‘promise’ yet to come true

“How may I assist you?” Trent Alexander-Arnold wrote on Twitter on 14 June, shortly after Darwin Núñez’s move to Liverpool was made official.

There’s now a degree of infamy surrounding the post because, in the months since, the struggling Alexander-Arnold hasn’t managed to assist Núñez, or indeed any of his teammates.

In fact, the right-back’s assist drought in a red shirt actually dates back to the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Villarreal on 3 May, a full 19 games ago. That’s his worst run since he first broke into the Liverpool side in 2017/18.

However, the stats show that he’s actually been fairly unlucky this term. Across the Premier League and Champions League, Alexander-Arnold’s expected assist tally stands at 2.0, while he’s also created 28 chances.

His xA per 90 in the Premier League (0.15) is well down on last season (0.35), while his key pass average has fallen too (2.81 to 2.31), but he still ranks sixth among Premier League defenders for the former metric and third for the latter (min. 270 mins).

These underlying numbers illustrate the challenge that Alexander-Arnold faces. Because of his staggering assist numbers up to this point — 45 in his first 171 top-flight appearances, which already puts him fourth all-time for defenders — that is the currency by which he is judged. The same is true for other top-level full-backs because of his revolutionary impact, in tandem with Andy Robertson.

But it’s almost unfair to use assists as a barometer, because half of the job has to be done by another player. Take the West Ham game on Wednesday, for example: Alexander-Arnold couldn’t break his assist duck but he did create four opportunities.

In the 35th minute, he threaded a smart ball in between Pablo Fornals and Declan Rice to tee up a chance for Mohamed Salah, and midway through the second half, a perfectly weighted through ball to Roberto Firmino culminated in a shanked shot.

Alexander-Arnold also whipped in a sumptuous corner on 75 minutes that really ought to have resulted in a goal, and played a first-time, outside-of-the-foot pass to Salah in the closing stages that very nearly led to a game-sealing second. The Egyptian would drag it beyond Tomáš Souček and was denied by an onrushing Łukasz Fabiański.

These were all very good pieces of play, but they were underappreciated because his teammates couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.

Similarly, much of Alexander-Arnold’s deeper playmaking work goes under the radar. He leads the Premier League for passes into the penalty area, crosses into the penalty area and progressive passes per 90.

Moreover, it seems to the naked eye that the Englishman is being asked to influence the game from deeper areas, and the stats support that assessment. Just 32 per cent of his touches this season have come in the final third, compared to 37.5 per cent last year.

This means Alexander-Arnold’s assist numbers were always likely to fall, with Klopp hoping to utilise his quality earlier on in the construction of an attack.

There’s no denying that he needs to contribute more offensively — and this piece isn’t trying to argue otherwise — but the key point is that, even for the assist king, looking at one stat in isolation is reductive.

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Jürgen Klopp has just created a fresh transfer need as Mohamed Salah targets Liverpool change

Darwin Núñez and Mohamed Salah are experiencing a curious tussle on Merseyside at the moment. The two Liverpool teammates each want to occupy the same position at the tip of Jürgen Klopp’s new-look system.

The German manager changed from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 around two weeks ago, purely as a means of fixing his team’s performances, particularly on the defensive side of the game. Liverpool’s form has improved since and the landscape is looking much better of late, but he’s still toying with a number of options at the business end of the field.

Klopp’s redesigned formation incorporates two wide midfielders and two central strikers on the pitch, with Salah often forced to play on the flanks to accommodate players who can only play through the middle. Whenever he’s fielded through the centre, though, he looks far more threatening.

Deploying both players up front is a legitimate possibility which could soon be explored according to Klopp, who opened up about the idea this week when speaking about the dangerous duo.

“There’s a chance we play with Darwin and Mo in the centre, that would be a high-speed combination,” he said. “But we need to get there somehow. We are still developing this kind of system and we have to figure out how it is best for the specific game.”

Roberto Firmino would likely have to occupy the bench in such a scenario but with Núñez and Salah on the field, it is reasonable to suggest the Reds wouldn’t miss him too much. Liverpool would have offensive firepower in abundance, but the prospect of permanently moving Salah away from the wide areas could impact Klopp’s future transfer business.

If the three-time Golden Boot winner is going to spend the remainder of his Anfield tenure as a striker — which could make sense given he’s now 30 years old — the Reds might have to source a new wide player for the right wing for the first time since 2017.

The Merseyside club haven’t showcased much of an interest in right-sided attacking players over the years, simply because Salah has been such a dominant presence who rarely suffers from injuries. In fact, he’s accumulated 190 appearances in the Premier League for Liverpool, which is a healthy amount considering he’s only been around for five-and-a-half campaigns.

Across his Anfield career, he averages 36 appearances per season in England’s top flight from a possible 38 matches, which truly captures his consistent availability and commanding presence on the right. It has simply made no sense for the Reds to dedicate funds to another player who likes that position on the field.

Fellow left-footed attackers who like the right flank — such as Jarrod Bowen and Raphinha — have emerged as players who seem to fit the Klopp mould in recent years, but nothing has ever transpired in the transfer market because of the simple reason that Salah is still contracted to the club.

That transfer stance could change in the near future if Klopp proceeds to explore the prospect of Núñez and Salah as a dynamic duo. The latter and his new-found preference to play through the middle could shape Liverpool’s upcoming business, with a fresh need for a talent who will feel at home on the right.

The Reds almost need to begin searching for Salah’s heir, but all while keeping the original version as a focal point at Anfield.

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Michael Owen sums up Mohamed Salah’s importance to Liverpool after Man City heroics

Michael Owen believes Mohamed Salah is still Liverpool‘s talisman and is backing him to finish as the club’s top scorer this season.

Salah, 30, has scored nine goals in 14 games this term – but just three of those have come in the Premier League. He is some way behind Erling Haaland‘s tally of 15 in the competition, with Harry Kane and Ivan Toney bagging nine and eight goals respectively.

Yet Owen thinks Salah will score plenty of Premier League goals this season. He hit the winner against Manchester City at Anfield last Sunday and will be looking to find the net again in Liverpool’s next game against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday.

“Well, I think if you ask anybody, any Liverpool fan, to predict who will be Liverpool’s top scorer by the end of the season.” Owen said, “I’d be very surprised if many said anyone other than Mo Salah.

“He’s just a consistent source of goals, he has been for a few years. You might have been surprised when he first came in and he scored all those goals. But I think it’s long gone when it comes to people thinking that was a flash in the pan.

“He’s one of the most consistent goalscorers in the Premier League. On Sunday against Manchester City when you need someone – someone that’s just missed a similar chance as well – to step up, shrug that missed chance away and finish beautifully the next time round.

“He just showed what great character he’s got, what great mentality he’s got. Mo Salah is definitely still the one person. If I’m thinking ‘we need a goal’, I’m still looking at Mo to produce it.”

Salah has been integral to Liverpool’s success under Klopp – helping them win the Premier League title, Champions League, FA Cup, EFL Cup, Club World Cup, European Super Cup and Community Shield since arriving from Roma in the summer of 2017.

Salah wasn’t tipped to become one of the Premier League’s most prolific scorers after finding the net 15 times in Serie A in his final season in Italy for Roma. Yet he’s found goals easy to come by in England, scoring 121 goals in 189 Premier League games and winning three Golden Boots.

Salah is currently sharing the Merseyside limelight with Roberto Firmino, who’s been in blistering form this season. The Brazilian, who is out of contract in June, has scored eight goals – including six in the Premier League – and provided four assists.

Liverpool’s dependence on Salah and Firmino grew significantly after the departure of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich in the summer. Salah penned a new three-year contract with the club in July, committing what ought to be the best years of his career to the Reds.

Liverpool signed Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho in the summer to try to find their next talisman, as well as fill the void left by Mane. Klopp will be hoping Salah and Nunez can form a fine partnership, as the Uruguayan striker hit 34 goals for Benfica last term.

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Darwin Nunez breaking his “homesickness” opens up new possibilities for Liverpool plans

It is not a word you associate with record signings, or flamboyant goalscorers seen as the next great superstar.

Yet as Darwin Nunez finally delivered a flavour of the outrageous talent which prompted Liverpool to pay up to £85m for his services, his boss Jurgen Klopp offered a reason for his slow start at the club: “Homesick”.

It is perhaps, the unspoken factor in his team’s almost baffling slump at the start of this season, because Nunez is the central plank in Klopp’s rebuilding programme, designed to refresh and eventually replace his first great Reds side.

It was always going to be a risk selling Sadio Mane at the peak of his remarkable powers. An even bigger one, replacing him with a young striker who’d had barely 18 months at a remotely high level, and even that with a club outside the big six European Leagues.

But that is what Klopp has been tasked to do – reinvent the team which pursued an historic quadruple last season, and build another one for the next five years. All whilst still challenging the oil-backed might of Manchester City.

The win against West Ham helps in that regard, edging Liverpool closer to the top four, but more importantly, showing that Nunez is a real threat in the right system when his side are functioning properly. His goal was impressive enough, but his performance was the real stand out. As Klopp said: “He is an exceptional talent, we can see that, the runs, the physicality, the speed, the finishing skills are exceptional.”

But he is still raw, biting an onion levels of raw. And still very young too, in terms of his development. “Most of the time when you’re young, you have time to develop. We’re working on it,” Klopp said after the important victory.

Nunez has had to be given that space, in part because, in his manager’s words, he “felt a little bit homesick, worrying and those sort of things”. So without Mane, and without the goals threat the Senegal striker offered – 23 goals for Liverpool last season, nine already for Bayern since his move – they have struggled.

Yet Nunez now has three in his last three starts, and looked devastating at times against a tough West Ham defence. And it was in that game, that we saw he offers Liverpool a different dimension – a physical presence up front, an aerial threat, and a promise of the spectacular.

It means Klopp has had to change his tried and trusted 4-3-3 system, but he sees the benefits. “He has everything, we’re really excited, but we are still developing (our) system, and he’s young, really young, so there are all sorts of things we have to do.”

One intriguing possibility Klopp floated, was a totally different style for Liverpool – two up front, with Nunez alongside Mo Salah. Again, that would provide a threat Klopp’s Anfield team has never offered before.

“There’s a chance we play with Darwin and Mo in the centre – that would be a high-speed combination!” he said with a smile. “But we need to get there somehow. We are still developing this kind of system and we have to figure out how it is best for specific games.”

The evidence suggests though, that Klopp is getting closer, and if he can accommodate Nunez more comfortably in the coming weeks, could just about be close enough to Manchester City by the World Cup break, to provide the second half of the season with at least a little bit of interest.

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Jurgen Klopp makes title admission after sending Steven Gerrard message

Liverpool are finally starting to find their feet after a tough start to the Premier League season, and Jurgen Klopp will be eager to make it a nine-point week against Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds followed up on last weekend’s impressive triumph over Manchester City by edging out West Ham in midweek. Darwin Nunez was on target to seal a 1-0 win for Klopp’s men, who moved up to seventh in the league after winning back-to-back games.

A trip to the City Ground presents Liverpool with a real opportunity to bag another three-point haul as they bid to make up ground and chase down the Premier League’s leading pack.

Klopp makes title admission

Just weeks after writing off Liverpool’s title hopes, Klopp has admitted that he regrets being so blunt with his assessment.

The Reds are currently 11 points behind early league leaders Arsenal and are unlikely to challenge for the domestic crown this year following their horrific start to the campaign.

But on the eve of their trip to the City Ground, Klopp has insisted that the club still have ambitions to challenge for honours this season – even if some of his previous comments have suggested that may not be the case.

It’s been a rough 24 hours for Anfield legend Steven Gerrard, who was brutally sacked by Aston Villa on Thursday night just hours after a 3-0 defeat to Fulham.

Gerrard, who had been tipped by many to eventually succeed Klopp at Liverpool, has struggled to get Villa firing since replacing Dean Smith last year and will now have to rebuild his managerial career elsewhere.

When he was asked about the decision, Klopp revealed in his pre-match press conference on Friday that he has already been in touch with Gerrard since his dismissal.

Cryptic Keita update

Naby Keita is one of three Liverpool players who are closing in on a return to fitness – but Klopp was giving little away over the Guinean midfielder’s long-term future.

Keita, who has been sidelined since the end of July with a hamstring issue, is due to become a free agent next summer and there have been no indications that a new deal is in the works to extend the 27-year-old’s Anfield stay.

And while Klopp revealed that Keita, along with Ibrahima Konate and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, is poised to return to training, he did little to quell talk that Keita could leave the club for nothing in less than 12 months’ time.

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Darwin Nunez, Ibrahima Konate, Naby Keita – full Liverpool injury list with expected return dates

Jurgen Klopp has been dealt a series of major injury blows during Liverpool’s 2022/23 season.

Despite the campaign being barely two months old, the Reds have suffered an overload of medical issues this campaign as the likes of Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara have all spent time on the sidelines.

And even with that number appearing to ease in recent weeks, as individuals have gradually recovered, the number of first-team players currently reporting to the AXA Centre medical room continues to increase.

Here is a reminder of those currently out of action and their expected return dates.

Darwin Nunez

The Liverpool striker was taken off as a precaution during Wednesday’s win over West Ham due to feeling tightness in his hamstring, Klopp revealed after the game at Anfield.

Nunez is now a doubt for the trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon, with the Liverpool boss awaiting further guidance from the medical department.

“He is one of the cases where we need to have a look because he was not injured, but he felt something and I don’t know if he feels that still today and what the medical department tells me then, we have to see,” said the Reds’ boss.

Diogo Jota

The 25-year-old was stretchered off against Manchester City with a calf injury and will now be out of action for the coming weeks, resulting in Jota playing no part for Portugal at the upcoming World Cup. Issuing an update on the forward ahead of Liverpool’s meeting with West Ham, Klopp said: “It’s really not good news about Diogo. Yes, he will miss the World Cup. [It’s a] pretty serious injury in the calf muscle and now the recovery process starts. That’s it pretty much.

“That is the first diagnosis, which was pretty clear, and all the rest will now follow in the next few days.”

Ibrahima Konate

The Reds defender was absent from first-team training last Friday afternoon and subsequently missed out on the squad to face Manchester City.

The Frenchman, who only recently returned from a two-month lay-off with a knee injury suffered in pre-season, featured in the Champions League 7-1 win over Rangers and impressed alongside Virgil van Dijk in the heart of defence.

Konate is currently suffering with a muscle issue and Klopp has confirmed he is due to be back in full first-team training alongside Naby Keita next week.

Joel Matip

Joel Matip sustained a calf injury during the second half of the 3-2 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates earlier this month, which explains Klopp’s decision to use one of his five substitutions to replace the defender with Ibrahima Konate in the closing stages of the clash.

Issuing an update on the defender this afternoon, Klopp said: “Good, everything is going well, but he needs a bit of time. I think with him it will be tight until the World Cup break, hopefully the last two or three games he might be in contention, but I don’t know yet. It is all going in the right direction.”

Luis Diaz

Luis Diaz will be sidelined until the completion of the World Cup after the full extent of the knee injury he suffered against Arsenal was revealed.

The former Porto wide man, who was involved in a collision with Gunners midfielder Thomas Partey during the closing stages of the first half and subsequently replaced by Roberto Firmino, underwent a scan on Merseyside last Monday where a full diagnosis of his injury was confirmed.

With Colombia failing to qualify for this winter tournament in Qatar, Diaz’s next outing is likely to be on Boxing Day when Liverpool visit Villa Park to take on Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa.

Arthur Melo

On-loan midfielder Arthur Melo will miss between three and four months of action after a quad issue he picked up in training required surgery. He is not expected to feature until 2023.

The Brazilian, who arrived on Merseyside on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day, had been keen to make up for a lack of a pre-season with his parent club Juventus and therefore used the recent international break to train and play with Barry Lewtas’ under-21s team in the hope of forcing his way into Klopp’s side.

However, the latest injury setback of the 26-year-old’s career has left his hopes of breaking into the Reds’ XI – and earning a recall to Tite’s Brazil squad for the World Cup – in ruins as prepares for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Naby Keita

Naby Keita will return to full first-team training next week as he edges closer to making his return to the team. The midfielder has only made one appearance so far this season, briefly featuring in the Community Shield, due to a hamstring injury.

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