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Every Liverpool injury, what Jurgen Klopp has said and potential return dates

Liverpool were rocked by yet more bad news on Friday morning as Jordan Henderson was ruled out for six to eight weeks.

The Reds captain suffered a groin injury during the 2-0 defeat by Everton last Saturday and the club confirmed underwent successful surgery.

Indeed, Liverpool’s well-documented misfortune this season means even their back-up options have been dealt lengthy spells on the sidelines.

Henderson was filling in at centre-back in the absence of the club’s three senior centre-backs, as well as stand-in option Fabinho.

Liverpool have also sorely missed the presence of Diogo Jota in attack, although there is hope the Portugal international may return soon.

Jurgen Klopp also provided positive updates on Fabinho and James Milner as he addressed his injury list on Friday.

Here, Mirror Football takes a look at Liverpool’s seven injured players, what Klopp has said and when we may hope to see them back in action.

Fabinho

The Brazilian has suffered numerous injuries this season but is close to full fitness

Injury: Muscle complaint

Potential return: 28 February, versus Sheffield United

What Klopp said on Friday: “Fab not yet with the team. That can happen tomorrow. First session and the same for Milner. That’s it.”

Fabinho has missed five of Liverpool’s last six Premier League games through muscle injuries but there’s a chance he could feature against the Blades.

The Brazilian has ably filled in at centre-back this season and it would be a major boost if he returns in time for the trip to Bramall Lane.

If Fabinho is not passed fit, Jurgen Klopp may turn to January signings Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies – who have never lined up together – as his centre-back partnership.

Diogo Jota

Jota is edging closer to his first appearance in two-and-a-half months
Jota is edging closer to his first appearance in two-and-a-half months

Injury: Knee

Potential return: 28 February, versus Sheffield United

What Klopp said on Friday: “Diogo trained twice and looks very good but it’s been a long term [out]. Looks promising. It’s positive. Diogo is back after a long time. The way he came back in training is very positive so we just have to make a decision over what makes sense for him. You have to focus on training and you have to enjoy it.”

Liverpool’s defensive injuries are well-documented but fans are beginning to feel the Reds’ attacking problems this season have been just as grave.

The regular front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino has not been performing to its usual standards and Liverpool have missed Diogo Jota, who arrived last summer and made a fine start to life at Anfield.

However, there is finally good news on the Portugal star, who returned to training on Wednesday two-and-a-half months after he suffered a knee injury against Midtjylland.

It remains to be seen if he will have built up enough match sharpness to be involved against Sheffield United, but Jurgen Klopp’s update was certainly a positive one.

James Milner

Milner hit the turf with a hamstring injury at the King Power
Milner hit the turf with a hamstring injury at the King Power

Injury: Hamstring

Potential return: 28 February, versus Sheffield United

What Klopp said on Friday: “Fabinho not yet with the team. That can happen tomorrow. First session and the same for Milner. That’s it.”

James Milner suffered a hamstring injury in Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat at Leicester earlier this month and Jurgen Klopp confirmed the midfield veteran will return to training just in time for the encounter with the Blades.

With Fabinho a doubt and Jordan Henderson out, the 35-year-old would be a welcome inclusion in the matchday squad, bringing much-needed experience to the threadbare Reds.

Jordan Henderson

Henderson was forced off in the Merseyside derby
Henderson was forced off in the Merseyside derby

Injury: Groin

Potential return: 10 April, versus Aston Villa

What Klopp said on Friday: “With so many injured players, who are leaders, Virgil [van dijk], [James] Milly, Joe [Gomez], Joel [Matip], they are all influential. Best case scenario I don’t know. Not a quick one but a possibility to play a few games this season. We will see.”

Liverpool confirmed on Friday morning that club captain Jordan Henderson has undergone surgery for a groin injury he suffered in the 2-0 defeat by Everton last Saturday.

Henderson is without doubt one of the Reds’ most important players – whether he is playing in midfield or plugging a hole in defence – and news he is facing up to two months on the sidelines comes as a major blow.

Jurgen Klopp may hope the Englishman could return in time for at least the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals in mid-April, should Liverpool see off RB Leipzig in their last-16 second leg next month.

Virgil van Dijk

The Dutchman has returned to ball work at Liverpool's base
The Dutchman has returned to ball work at Liverpool’s base

Injury: ACL

Potential return: Out for the season, barring a “miracle”

What Klopp has said: “I don’t want to say that’s absolutely impossible but it’s not likely. It’s not likely. We don’t have to discuss these things really. But if they are on the list then it’s only because we hope for nearly a miracle. That’s it.”

There is not much to add here, as Jurgen Klopp summed up Virgil van Dijk’s situation by saying it would take a “miracle” for the defensive colossus to return this season after suffering a ruptured ACL against Everton in October.

Nonetheless, there is cause for encouragement regarding Van Dijk, as he has returned to solo training at Liverpool’s Kirkby base.

Joe Gomez

Gomez has been working alongside Van Dijk as he steps up his rehabilitation
Gomez has been working alongside Van Dijk as he steps up his rehabilitation

Injury: Knee tendon

Potential return: Out for season

What Klopp has said: “Will he be available this season? When does the season end, May? It will be close at least I would say. I don’t expect… well, I would be positive surprised if he would be back this season, to be honest.”

Just like his centre-back partner Virgil van Dijk, it seems like it would take supernatural intervention for Joe Gomez to return this season.

Since he suffered knee tendon damage while training alone at the England base in November, updates on the defender have been scarce.

But Gomez has been working hard behind the scenes and, like Van Dijk, may hope to be involved at this summer’s Euros.

Joel Matip

Matip suffered ankle ligament damage while battling Son Heung-min for possession
Matip suffered ankle ligament damage while battling Son Heung-min for possession

Injury: Ankle

Potential return: Out for season

What Klopp has said: “Unfortunately, we found out now after everybody looked at it that Joel will be out for the rest of the season. But he will be ready for the start of the next pre-season and finally everything will be sorted.”

Joel Matip suffered a season-ending ankle injury during Liverpool’s 3-1 victory at Tottenham last month, prompting the Reds to make two centre-back signings on transfer deadline day.

The Cameroonian is aiming to recover from the ankle ligament damage he sustained in time for Liverpool’s pre-season excursions this summer.

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