After Roberto Firmino’s injury, Liverpool may be obliged to make a transfer reversal.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is waiting for word on Roberto Firmino’s injury, which could force a transfer rethink.
Following Roberto Firmino’s injury against Chelsea, Liverpool may be obliged to make a transfer reversal. The Reds are waiting to hear about the striker’s hamstring problem, but even if it isn’t serious, a looming issue might force Jurgen Klopp’s hand, especially with rumours of interest in Mikkel Damsgaard.
With Firmino out, Liverpool still has a formidable front line in the form of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Diogo Jota.
However, due to the Africa Cup of Nations early next year, the Reds will be without both Salah and Mane for approximately a month.
Naby Keita, a Guinea midfielder, is also set to play in the event, which runs from January 9 to February 6.
The presence of Egypt’s Salah and Senegal’s Mane, however, might cause Klopp serious selection headaches.
Salah and Mane are only expected to miss two Premier League matches in January, at home to Brentford on January 15 and away to Crystal Palace a week later, due to two rounds of the FA Cup.
According to The Athletic, the club’s stance during the summer transfer window was that there was no need to bring in a successor for either of them for such a short time.
They will still be able to pitch Firmino and Jota in attack, fitness allowing.
Firmino’s current hamstring ailment, like Jota’s knee injury that kept him out for 19 games last season, has brought the absence of quality back-up into glaring light.
And another injury to one – or worse, both – in the new year would leave Klopp with a significant decline in the quality of the choices he can bring in.
Then there’s Mane’s form, with the 29-year-old not looking like the player who led Liverpool to Champions League glory and the Premier League crown in back-to-back seasons.
So it’s no surprise that the Reds have been connected with Sampdoria winger Mikkel Damsgaard, while Adama Traore’s display for Wolves against Manchester United on Sunday also put him in the shop window.
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