As if tactical hiccups and a lack of confidence have not caused enough stress for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, the recurring theme of injuries has once again crept up.
What’s the latest?
According to Fabrizio Romano, who relayed a report from Jurgen Klopp’s statement to the press, the injury status of a particular trio does not look good, with two of these occurring in the defeat against Arsenal on Sunday.
“Luis Diaz — something with the knee, not looking good
“Alexander Arnold was forced off with a twisted ankle
“Arthur Melo, not available for 3/4 months.”
Klopp will be gutted
As if it has not already been a difficult enough start for the Reds, an injury to two first-team members will come as a bitter blow.
Luis Diaz, heir of the left-wing in place of Sadio Mane, who departed for Bayern Munich, has been an astute replacement for the Malian, contributing with three goals and two assists in eight Premier League matches for a struggling Liverpool side.
The Colombian has proven to be the most progressive asset in the side in transition this season, with his average of 2.0 successful dribbles per 90 key for an out-of-sorts outfit in their goal search.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, despite the scrutiny he has received for his defending this season, will of course be a huge miss.
The 23-year-old has once again proven himself as one of the most creative assets in the squad, with his average of 6.7 accurate long balls per 90 and 14 chances created a testament to his importance in Klopp’s set-up.
Whether his ideal position lies at full-back is a debate for another day, but you cannot argue with his attacking contribution to the side.
Arthur Melo’s injury, although confirmed before the game, will come as a massive blow to both club and player.
The Brazilian was working hard over the international break to get up to speed and fight for a position in Klopp’s first-team, but it will of course not happen, with his future at the club now in major doubt amidst this unfortunate stumble in his career.
Klopp finds himself in a difficult position at Liverpool, with low-confidence, tactical hiccups and injuries being the main themes throughout a gutting season so far.