Liverpool injuries, suspensions & potential return dates

Here we provide you with the latest updates on all Liverpool's first-team injuries, suspensions and availability issues:

Thiago Alcantara

Thiago Alcantara file photo File photo dated 01-04-2023 of Liverpool s Thiago Alcantara.

Issue: Muscle injury

Last appearance: vs Arsenal (February, 2024)

After ten months out following a slow recovery from hip surgery, Thiago finally made his long-awaited comeback in the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on 4 February.

However, the 32-year-old suffered a new injury during his brief cameo and is set for another spell on the sidelines.

Speaking on Friday, 9 February, Jurgen Klopp told reporters: "Thiago is not cool. He showed a lot of things on LFCTV and looked outstanding, so we took him, let him play for a few minutes. It's a muscle issue, we don't know the extent yet but it's not cool. Not good news for him or us."

On 27 February, Klopp didn't rule out the possibility that Thiago, whose contract expires this summer, had already played his last game for Liverpool.

He told reporters: "I don't know to be honest. What he has to do now from a medical point of view, I don't know if that will mean he can play again. That's not a short-term thing."

Potential return date: Unknown

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold file photo File photo dated 23-12-2023 of Liverpool s Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Issue: Knee injury

Last appearance: vs Burnley (February, 2024)

Alexander-Arnold suffered a reoccurrence of the knee issue that saw him miss four games in January and had to be substituted during the Reds' 3-1 win over Burnley.

Speaking ahead of the Reds' win over Brentford on Saturday, 17 February, Klopp confirmed that Alexander-Arnold will miss the Carabao Cup final, with his return date likely to come 'a week or two' after the showdown on 25 February.

Meanwhile, Pep Lijnders has predicted that Liverpool's vice-captain will, in fact, return after the March international break.

Potential return date: March/April

Stefan Bajcetic

Liverpool v Leicester City - Carabao Cup Third Round Stefan Bajcetic of Liverpool running during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City at Anfield on September 27, 2023 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool Anfield England United Kingdom

Issue: Adductor injury

Last appearance: vs Leicester (September, 2023)

Like his countryman and fellow midfielder Thiago, Bajcetic's return from a long-standing injury has been slow and beset by complications.

The teenager has played this season – making two appearances back in September against LASK and Leicester in the cups. Since those outings, however, it's been back to the treatment room for the Spain Under-21 star, whose breakout 2022/23 campaign was cut short by an adductor problem.

Speaking in December, Klopp revealed that Bajcetic's slow recovery is linked to the youngster's growth.

He said: "It's a growing issue, it's not growing [increasing] but because of his growing, his age and stuff like this. So we just have to be careful. He could train today fully and then maybe tomorrow as well and then not [for] five weeks. It's a medical decision, it's not by the boy, it's not by me. It's just that's how you have to do it if something like this happens. And that makes it so annoying for the boy."

On 27 February, Klopp told reporters: "I had lunch here and saw him training. I sat there and thought 'why is he not playing?'

"He's obviously gaining fitness now. he's running around like 'wow!' He's doing everything but he didn't get [the] green light yet for us for the team training. And there's nobody in this building who wants to hold him back, so there might be some reasons.

"He's pain-free, completely pain-free, which is the most important thing."

Potential return date: Unknown

Alisson Becker

Football - FA Premier League - Arsenal FC v Liverpool FC LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 4, 2024: Liverpool s goalkeeper Alisson Becker looks dejected as his mistake leads to Arsenal s second goal during the FA Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at the Emirates Stadium. Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda LONDON 

Issue: Hamstring injury

Last appearance: vs Arsenal (February, 2024)

Liverpool were without goalkeeper Alisson for the 4-1 win over Brentford on Saturday, 17 February, after the Brazilian sustained another hamstring injury in training.

Caoimhin Kelleher has taken over duties between the sticks, with Alisson sidelined for the immediate future.

Brazil national team manager Junior Dorival has ruled the keeper out of the March internationals — a timeline backed up by Lijnders.

Potential return date: March/April

Ben Doak

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Issue: Knee injury

Last appearance: vs Union S-G (December, 2023)

Teenage winger Doak had been tipped for a big season in 2023/24 as Mohamed Salah's understudy but has only made five first-team appearances prior to an injury suffered while playing with the Under-21s in December.

The Scotland youth international required surgery on a torn meniscus, with Lijnders admitting he could be sidelined for some time.

He said back in December: "That one will take [a] longer time. He is young, he is a fit guy, he is a positive guy so for sure he will come back stronger, and we need him to come back with the same fire he has with the ball, how he was. He can take time and we will wait for him."

Potential return date: Unknown

Ryan Gravenberch

Ryan Gravenberch of Liverpool receives medical treatment before being stretched off injured during the Carabao Cup final match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, London, England on 25 February 2024. Copyright: xAndyxRowlandx PMI-6111-0013

Issue: Ankle injury

Last appearance: vs Chelsea (February, 2024)

Gravenberch had to be stretchered off in the first half of the Carabao Cup final after a nasty challenge from Moises Caicedo.

The Ecuadorian escaped punishment for catching the Liverpool star's ankle with his studs, though it appears Gravenberch will miss at least two games as a result of the injury sustained.

Speaking on 27 February, Klopp told reporters: "Ryan is not available, it's a ligament injury.

"It could have been much worse but bad enough for being ruled out of this game and the next game. We will see."

Potential return date: March

Curtis Jones

Issue: Ankle injury

Last appearance: vs Brentford (February, 2024)

Jones took a heavy knock during the first half of Liverpool's in over Brentford and had to be substituted, later leaving the stadium on crutches.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Klopp said: "Curtis got a knock on the lower part of his shin, or above the ankle. We will see what that means. It was what he felt, but he was not 100 per cent sure. That Curtis cannot play on tells you that it must be something because he would have played on at all costs."

On Friday, 23 February Lijnders told reporters that Jones had suffered a 'high ankle sprain' and would likely return 'around the international break'.

Potential return date: March

Diogo Jota

London, England, 17th February 2024. Diogo Jota of Liverpool during the Premier League match at Gtech Community Stadium, London. Picture credit should read: Paul Terry / Sportimage 

Issue: Knee injury

Last appearance: vs Brentford (February, 2024)

Another casualty of the Brentford victory, Jota got the assist for Darwin Nuñez's opener but was later stretchered from the field after Christian Norgaard landed on his knee following an aerial challenge.

Reports in Portugal claimed that the forward had avoided the worst-case scenario injury, but could be out for around two months with ligament damage.

Klopp has since confirmed that Jota's absence is a case of 'months rather than weeks'.

On Friday, 23 February, Lijnders added that Jota would not be back in contention before the March international break.

Potential return date: April

Joel Matip

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Issue: Knee injury

Last appearance: vs Fulham (December, 2023)

Almost certainly out for the season, Matip suffered a ruptured ACL during the Reds' 4-3 win over Fulham in December.

The veteran centre back has subsequently undergone successful knee surgery and is in recovery, but questions remain over whether he has now played his last game for Liverpool.

32-year-old Matip is in the final six months of his Anfield contract. However, Klopp recently hinted that the defender could yet be given an extension on his current deal.

"I’m pretty sure the club will show their class, as you should do it," the boss said.

“I would say so [there's a chance of a new deal], but it’s not my decision in the end. I cannot sign the papers."

Potential return date: Unknown

Darwin Nunez

Issue: Fitness doubt

Last appearance: vs Brentford (February, 2024)

Like Jones and Jota, Nuñez was taken off during the Reds' win over Brentford though his substitution appeared to be precautionary.

Speaking after the game, Klopp played down fears that had suffered a serious issue, saying: "Darwin, we took off because he felt really a little but that was obviously today enough to immediately push the brake and that’s what we did, so we took him off and brought Cody on and that worked out really well."

Klopp later revealed that the Uruguayan is being monitored 'day by day' as he was left out of the win over Luton and the Carabao Cup final.

Potential return date: February

Mohamed Salah

Brentford v Liverpool Premier League 17/02/2024. Mohamed Salah of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Brentford and Liverpool at Gtech Community Stadium, Brentford, England on 17 February 2024. Brentford Gtech Community Stadium Greater London England 

Issue: Fitness doubt

Last appearance: vs Brentford (February, 2024)

Liverpool's talisman returned with a goal and an assist off the bench in the 4-1 win over Brentford, but his performance took its toll with reports following the game suggesting the Egyptian had aggravated the hamstring injury he had just returned from.

Speaking ahead of the Luton clash, Klopp admitted that Salah was suffering from 'fatigue'.

He said: "It is day by day as well with Mo. It’s a similar area where he feels it [fatigue] a little bit. We have to see how it develops. It’s nothing crazy, but we have to see."

Salah was left out of the squad that won the Carabao Cup final, with Klopp admitting his chances of being involved in the FA Cup clash against Southampton on 28 February were 'touch and go'.

Potential return date: February

Dominik Szoboszlai

Football - FA Premier League - Liverpool FC v Everton FC LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 21, 2023: Liverpool s Dominik Szoboszlai during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 243rd Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda 

Issue: Hamstring injury

Last appearance: vs Chelsea (January, 2024)

Szoboszlai returned from an initial issue picked up at the start of the year to register a goal and an assist in the wins over Norwich and Chelsea. However, the Hungarian was then left out of the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday, 4 February, as Klopp confirmed a recurrence of the old injury.

He said: “Dom felt in the same area, or pretty much a similar area, to where he was injured before.

“Not in the game, he was fine, and then after the game [he felt it] slightly so we had a look at it and there was now no chance for him to be involved in this game.

“We cannot take any risk. We have to wait for further assessment but it was clear that he cannot be involved today. That’s it, pretty much.”

Like Nuñez and Salah, Szosboszlai was left out of the Carabao Cup final and is 'touch and go' for Liverpool's FA Cup fifth round clash.

Potential return date: February

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