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Liverpool Fc Players Injured – March International Break 2021

Unlike before, Liverpool Fc (The Reds) this time are not required to release their Players that have been called up to represent their respective Countries.

Yet, normally under FIFA Rules; the Clubs must release any Players that have been called up to represent their Countries in fixtures arranged in the agreed International Calendar.

 

However in early February 2021, in response to the COVID-19; FIFA made an exception to their Rule until the end of April 2021 that allowed Premier League Clubs to keep their Players within the UK.

The current travelling restrictions placed by the British Government requires anyone returning from COVID-19 ‘Red List’ Countries to Quarantine for 10 days.

 

Jürgen Klopp had repeatedly voiced his opposition of releasing Players for the International Competitions during the Season amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Since the Premier League Clubs (including the Reds) decided not to release their Players that especially belonged to the ‘Red list’ Countries; as such; the CONMEBOL Council later confirmed that World Cup 2022 Qualifiers in South America have been postponed.

 

Still, there are Players that are injured during the March International Break 2020, like:

Divock Origi: The Belgian International was sidelined prior to the Wolverhampton Wanderers Fc away encounter due to an unspecified muscle injury.

Origi mostly played as a late substitute or small cameos in his recent outing for the Reds. The arrival of Diogo Jota (around September 2020) has further limited the Belgian’s chances to play.

Despite Origi’s limited appearances this campaign, Klopp would prefer as many Players to be fit and available for the final 2 months of the campaign.

 

Roberto Firmino: Prior to the Fulham Fc home game, the Brazilian International was ruled out due to a minor knock that seems to be a knee problem.

Firmino also missed the Wolverhampton Wanderers Fc away game as the Brazilian could not recover in time from his latest injury setback but Klopp was able to call upon Jota during the Brazilian’s absence.

The Club will be hopeful that the versatile attacker will be fit after the March International Break 2021.

 

Jordan Henderson: The Captain sustained adductor injury during the Everton Fc home fixture and later underwent a successful corrective surgery.

Henderson occasionally played as a Makeshift Defender will be crucial for the last few months of the campaign.

The skipper is expected to return after the March International Break 2021 but faces a race against time to be fit.

 

Joël Matip: The Cameroonian curse with injuries continued as he sustained an ankle ligament damage sustained during the Tottenham Hotspur Fc away encounter.

In between his injuries this Season, Matip’s performances were reasonably well but his latest injury setback will rule him out for the rest of the Season.

By bringing Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak during the January Transfer Window 2021, the Club did well to prepare for another lengthy absence of Matip.

 

Joe Gomez: The young English Centre Back sustained a serious knee injury during his training with the England National Football Team (The Three Lions) in November 2020.

Gomez later had a successful surgery and has been out of action since. As such, Players like Jordan Henderson, Rhys Williams, Nathaniel Phillips and especially Fabinho stepped up in the absence of Gomez.

Despite recently stepping up his rehabilitation, Gomez is unlikely to return back in action this campaign but he is eyeing his return for the postponed Euro 2020 Competition.

 

Virgil Van Dijk: The influential Dutch Centre Back sustained a horrific anterior cruciate ligament injury as a result of the reckless tackle from Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the Everton Fc away clash.

Van Dijk underwent a successful surgery on his injured knee and has made massive strides since then as he stepped up his rehabilitation.

Yet, it is unlikely that the influential Dutchman will return back in action this Season.

 

Verdict: Compared to the injuries that Reds suffered during the November International Break 2020, Klopp has fewer long-term absentees this time.

Regarding Van Dijk, Gomez and Matip; the Club has not set a timescale on the return of the Defensive Trio as they remain unlikely to play this Season.

However, the long-term injury to Van Dijk has been a hammer blow to the Reds and the Dutchman’s absence has been one of the factors that led to their Doomed Premier League Title Defence.

 

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