The champions league returns next week for Jurgen’s men as Liverpool host Bayern Munich at Anfield on Tuesday night. A long 10 day gap between two games has resulted in the Liverpool squad flying out to Marbella for warm weather training ahead of the long awaited UCL tie.
Reds’ fans will hope the 10-day gap will prove a sufficient recovery time for the Liverpool squad from a tactical point of view. However, Liverpool face a major injury crisis in defence as they have since the turn of the new year.
Joel Matip remains the only fit senior CB as the reds gear on for Tuesday night. A yellow card vs Napoli in the final group stage game meant that Van Dijk would be suspend for the first leg of the round of 16.
It seem likely that either Jordan Henderson or Fabinho will start at CB alongside Joel matip. Injuries have proven a concern since Liverpool lost Joe Gomez to a long term injury at the beginning of December. Following which Trent alexander Arnold and Joel Matip suffered inconsistent periods on the sidelines while of late Lovren is facing time on the sidelines as well. However, despite all the injuries Jurgen Klopp has opted to not only make no additional signings in January; but the German made the bold option of loaning out Nathaniel Clyne.
A lack of defensive options saw Liverpool having to make use of James Milner and Fabinho in a variety of positions across midfield and defence. During this period the reds lost 1 game and drew two resulting in a minor blimp in form. The reds picked up 11/15 points and effectively have brought life back to the title race as Manchester city now sit level on points with Liverpool FC. The reds have a game in hand but the race is definitely on.
To add to the defensive issues Jordan Henderson was out with a minor knock ,Georgino Wijanldum was out with illness and the stomach flu. While Van Dijk has been playing through illness for a majority of Janaury.
Liverpool saw Trent alexander Arnold return to the fold this previous weekend in a comfortable 3-0 win against Bournemouth at Anfield. The game also saw the much-anticipated return of Georgino wijnaldum. Hopefully, signaling that normalcy has returned to the reds title charge.
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