Liverpool injury latest as Fabinho, Naby Keita, Thiago and James Milner return dates set

Manchester United 0-5 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp reaction

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Liverpool coach Pep Ljinders has provided a fitness update on four players currently suffering from injury issues. The Reds were forced into some changes against Manchester United with Fabinho suffering from a knee injury.

That meant Jurgen Klopp opted with the same midfield three that started against Watford the week prior with Jordan Henderson joined by Naby Keita and James Milner.

Keita continued his hot streak in front of goal with his second in consecutive games as well as providing an assist.

Milner meanwhile put in a stellar shift in midfield to give United little room to breathe as Liverpool dominated the afternoon.

But the 35-year-old was forced off in the first half with a hamstring issue before Keita was put on a stretcher following a nasty challenge from Paul Pogba, which resulted in a red card for the United midfielder.

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Thiago Alcantara was once again absent for the Reds against United as he continues to recover from a calf issue.

Injuries to all four midfielders gives Klopp a bit of a headache for their busy fixture schedule heading into November.

But Pep Lijinders has provided a positive update on all four players and when they could return.

On Milner, Lijinders said: “Millie felt his hamstring getting tight. Looks like he’s out until the international break.”


Keita’s injury may not be as bad as first feared though with Lijinders praising the intervention of VAR.

“VAR is there to make the game honest, to protect players. It was a bad tackle on Naby but it’s just a bruise. It’s looking better and better,” he said.

On Thiago, the Liverpool coach added: “Brighton will be close, but probably not. He’s almost back.”

And there was more good news on Fabinho’s possible return as he wasn’t ruled out of featuring against Brighton.

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