LIVERPOOL may welcome back several first-team players before their next Premier League and champions league match.
The postponement of Premier League matches for this weekend and possibly the next has dealt a significant blow to football fans across the country, but for Liverpool, it may provide an opportunity for their players to regain fitness. Because of the break in play, the Reds could see four injured first-team players return by the time Jurgen Klopp‘s team returns to domestic action.
Following the Premier League‘s decision to postpone this weekend’s round of fixtures “out of respect” for Queen Elizabeth II who passed away at the age of 96 on Thursday afternoon, there have been suggestions next weekend’s games could also be deferred. While it remains to be seen when Her Majesty’s funeral will take place, the likelihood of police being redeployed to London en masse ahead of the ceremony means Liverpool may not take to the field again in the Premier League until after the upcoming international break.
With the Red’s weekend clash with Wolves postponed and next weekend’s trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea potentially following suit, Klopp’s side may not be back in action until Saturday 1 October when they welcome a currently manager-less Brighton to Anfield. By the time that comes around, Liverpool could well have welcomed back a number of first-team stars
Summer signing Fabio Carvalho has enjoyed a scintillating start to life at Liverpool, netting two goals in his first six Premier League appearances having been used in every one of the Reds’ domestic fixtures. The 20-year-old was rewarded for his recently influential displays with a first start of the season in Liverpool’s goalless Merseyside derby with Everton, however, a clash of knees with Toffees midfielder Amadou Onana saw him fail to re-emerge for the second period.
Should Liverpool not play again until, after the international break, there’s every chance much-missed center-back Ibrahima Konate could have returned to the first-team fold. The Frenchman has been sidelined since sustaining a knee injury in Liverpool’s pre-season friendly with Strasbourg back at the end of July.
Offering an update on Konate, Klopp recently admitted the 23-year-old is a matter of weeks away from returning to training. Discussing the defender’s return at the start of this month, he said: “In and around the international break, he will be back in training.” A return to action in the Brighton game at the start of October seems a realistic objective.