Liverpool will be without Curtis Jones for the opening Premier League game of the weekend as the Reds’ injury list grows.
Jurgen Klopp will be increasingly worried as he watches his players pick up injuries before the season starts.
With Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both out injured, the alarm bells are ringing as far at Liverpool’s midfield depth is concerned.
Jones was absent a few times in the early stages of last season as were Naby Keita and Thiago but Klopp will be hoping for better luck this term.
🤕❗️Curtis Jones is set to miss between 2-4 weeks for #Liverpool following a calf injury he picked up at the weekend.
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) August 4, 2022
Liverpool will be without Jones for the first game of the season against Fulham but may also miss Crystal Palace and Manchester United.
While the 21-year-old isn’t a starter, his presence in the squad is very valuable as it offers the coaching staff options to change games from the bench.
Ibrahima Konate is also set to miss the start of the season with an unspecified injury but it’s not a serious issue.
The club’s injury list now includes: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Diogo Jota, Caoimhin Kelleher, Calvin Ramsay, Ibrahima Konate and Curtis Jones.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) August 4, 2022
Do Liverpool need to sign a new central midfielder?
I have said all summer that I think Klopp could do with another midfielder.
It’s obvious that the club agrees otherwise they wouldn’t have pursued Aurelien Tchouameni so intensely following the Champions League final upset against Real Madrid.
They haven’t made any more serious moves to find an alternative this summer although interest in Jude Bellingham is very real and reports have stated that he could join the club as early as January.
But that said, Liverpool simply do not make signings for the sake of it and are well known for waiting for the perfect player.
They did this with Luis Diaz, only pouncing when the moment was right. If Bellingham is the player that Klopp wants, we will have to wait for his arrival.