The State of Play for Liverpool
Despite a relentless run of fixtures, Liverpool continue to impress, finding themselves just three points shy of Premier League supremacy. Their Carabao Cup and Europa League dreams also appear intact. But as is often the case in football, it’s not all rosy; the Reds’ engine room feels the weight of some significant absences.
Robertson’s Shoulder Setback
One name that’s been conspicuously absent from the Liverpool team sheet is Andy Robertson. The dynamic left-back sustained a shoulder injury during his international stint with Scotland. The Anfield boss, Klopp, commented on his condition, noting that Robertson had successfully undergone surgery, but remained tight-lipped regarding a potential return. It’s speculated he could be back by January 2024, but only time will tell.
Midfield Woes: Thiago and Bajcetic
Thiago Alcantara’s absence has been deeply felt by the Reds this season. Having undergone hip surgery at the close of the previous season, the talented midfielder seemed on the cusp of a comeback. However, multiple setbacks have delayed his return to action. Current whispers hint at a possible return in November 2023.
Similarly, Stefan Bajcetic, who had been making strides in the early part of the season, has found himself sidelined after an unexpected injury flare-up. Klopp cited a “little muscle thing” as the cause. With limited updates since, it remains to be seen when Bajcetic will be available for selection again.
Bradley’s Slow Recovery
Injury also struck Conor Bradley, a promising young talent who suffered a stress fracture to his back in late August. The club has kept the updates concise, merely stating Bradley is “making progress.” Klopp has emphasised the importance of patience with injuries of this nature, hinting at a conservative approach to Bradley’s comeback. Eyes are now on December 2023 for his potential return.