Liverpool FC news recap: Salah injury, Trent return, Sudakov wanted

Here's our Liverpool FC news recap for Thursday 18th January 2024. The Reds may have suffered a major injury blow.

Injuries are the subject today and Liverpool are battling a few of them. Players have been dropping like flies all season - and Thursday even managed to hand the Reds a matchday injury without them even playing.

So with that in mind, here's the Liverpool FC news to catch up on.

Mo Salah injured

Mohamed Salah left the pitch with an injury as Egypt took on Ghana at the Africa Cup of Nations on Thursday evening. It's unclear what this means going forward.

Mo Salah, ProShots

Mo Salah, ProShots

Disaster struck for Egypt on Thursday in their massive Africa Cup of Nations clash with Ghana. Their captain and star player, Mohamed Salah, left the pitch right before half time with an injury.

Of course, it's currently unclear exactly what the extent of the injury is - just that it was enough for Salah to go off. The winger is essentially never injured, while the nature of the game makes it impossible to believe he'd go off unless it was potentially serious.


Trent targets return

Trent Alexander-Arnold has a target fixture in mind for his Liverpool return. The Scouser is battling back from injury.

Trent Alexander-Arnold picked up a knee injury against Arsenal at the start of the month, ruling him out for several weeks. That came at an awful time for Liverpool, too, as Dominik Szoboszlai is also out, while Mohamed Salah is at AFCON with Egypt.

The Scouser has picked a return fixture, though - Chelsea at Anfield. Though, it may not be as simple as that.


Klopp wants Phillips around

Liverpool are not currently listening to offers for Nat Phillips after his return to the Reds from Celtic. Jurgen Klopp has a plan for the defender.

Nat Phillips, Pro Shots

Nat Phillips, ProShots

Jurgen Klopp wants Phillips around until the end of the month as he has a use for him. Joel Matip's injury has left them a little short and it may be that the 26-year-old plays in either of the two cup games coming up.

Only at the end of the month will Liverpool actively listen to offers. Really, it makes it sound as though Phillips is pencilled in to partner Jarell Quansah against Norwich City in the FA Cup in order to give Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konaté extra rest.


Szoboszlai still absent from training

Dominik Szoboszlai remains a doubt for Liverpool's return to Premier League action against Bournemouth on Sunday, while Andy Robertson has re-joined his teammates.

Dominik Szoboszlai - ProShots.

Dominik Szoboszlai - ProShots.

Szoboszlai suffered a hamstring problem during the Reds' 4-2 win over Newcastle on New Year's Day and has sat out the last two fixtures.

Both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Lijnders predicted the midfielder would miss a minimum of two games as he recovered while there had been speculation that he could return after the winter mini-break to face Bournemouth


Liverpool in for Sudakov

Liverpool are back in the race for Georgiy Sudakov, according to reports. The Reds were supposedly close to getting him in the summer.

Calciomercato claims Liverpool are in the market for Georgiy Sudakov. The 21-year-old midfielder is one of the most impressive players in Ukrainian football right now - if not the most impressive.

Georgiy Sudakov - Pro Shots

Georgiy Sudakov - Pro Shots

Shakhtar would want a minimum of €40m (£34m) to let him go, though. It remains to be seen if anyone is willing to offer that right now.


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