Defenders, Joel Matip & Alexander-Arnold ruled out for two weeks as Liverpool face in-from Man City this weekend
Ibrahima Konate, who has yet to start a game this season, is set to replace him at centre-back for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Rangers at Ibrox. Matip is also certain to miss Sunday’s showdown with in form champions, Manchester City at Anfield.
Konate made his comeback off the bench at the Emirates after two months out injured and the Frenchman’s return to full fitness is timely given Matip’s absence. Klopp could also turn to Joe Gomez but the England international is likely to be needed to deputise at right-back with Trent Alexander-Arnold sidelined.
Alexander-Arnold is set to be missing for around two weeks due to the ankle injury he suffered against Arsenal. He didn’t emerge for the second half after being caught by the studs of Gabriel Martinelli.
Klopp has been left to count the cost of Sunday’s damaging defeat.
As well as losing Matip and Alexander-Arnold, Luis Diaz suffered a knee injury on Sunday that will keep him out until after the World Cup.
The Colombian attacker doesn’t need surgery but he will play no part in Liverpool’s next 10 matches before the season stops next month due to the tournament in Qatar.
Liverpool, who sit 10th in the Premier League table with just 10 points from eight matches, have been hampered by a succession of injury setbacks.
On-loan midfielder Arthur Melo underwent surgery on a torn quad muscle last weekend and is expected to be out for three to four months. Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also currently sidelined.
The good news for Klopp is that left-back Andy Robertson has returned to training after a month out injured. The manager must decide whether to involve him against Rangers or hold him back for Sunday’s clash with Pep Guardiola’s side.