Liverpool may well be without another player when they return for the next batch of club matches as Curtis Jones has picked up what is hopefully a minor injury.
On Thursday, I covered the Reds’ increasingly concerning squad position ahead of their next Premier League game – a trip to face Watford at Vicarage Road.
Alisson Becker and Fabinho are set to miss the game as they will not be able to return in time from international duty. They then face Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League but will have their Brazilians back.
Meanwhile, Thiago remains a doubt and Trent Alexander-Arnold and, of course, Harvey Elliott are confirmed absentees for the game and Jones could be added to the list of missing Red stars should his injury prove more serious than it currently looks.
England U21 manager Lee Carsley spoke after the game against Slovenia to explain why Jones was missing from the game and provided an update ahead of the Andorra clash.
The Independent reports the manager as saying: “He had a bit of tightness in his groin area. We will never put players in a position where we will risk them.
“We’ll monitor the situation looking towards Andorra but we will not be putting him under any pressure to play.”
Jurgen Klopp will be delighted to hear that the U21 coach isn’t putting his young midfielder under any pressure to play especially with midfield a weak area in the squad at the moment.
Jones was fantastic against Manchester City and assisted Salah’s goal although the Scouser will probably admit he had little to do with his Egpytian teammate scoring such a wonderful goal.
That said, in a game in which Jordan Henderson wasn’t in great form, Jones was required to do more than usual but hopefully Hendo is back to his usual self after the international break.
This season may well be the one that Liverpool fans remember as the one in which Jones put his stamp on the first team and became a regular.
He still has some way to go before he is ready to step in and play every game in all competitions but the snapshots we’ve seen of him have shown that he’s more than capable of playing for the Reds long term.