Liverpool’s injury woes amid top-four struggle

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side faces a double injury blow as they head to Burnley today and face Crystal Palace next weekend at home in a bid to secure a top-four spot and a chance to play Champions League football next season. 

Victory in both matches would most likely guarantee them a spot in the competition. Liverpool will be without two of this campaign’s signings for their must-win final two games of the Premier League season.

Sunday’s incredible last-gasp win over West Brom, which saw goalkeeper Alisson score a stoppage-time winner, has kept the Reds’ coveted top-four fate in their own hands. 

The historic goal made Alisson the first goalkeeper to score in Liverpool’s 129-year history and the first goalkeeper to score a header in the Premier League.

Before their match with West Brom, Liverpool manager had made it clear that skipper Diogo Jota was ruled out for the rest of the season with a foot injury although it is unlikely that the Portuguese international will miss this summer’s European championship.

January signing Ozan Kabak is also ruled out with a muscular issue. The Turkish star on loan from German side Schalke has missed the club’s last three outings giving room for Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams to start in defence recently.

“Ozan, no,” replied Klopp when asked if Kabak could return from his injury this season. “unfortunately, Ozan is a long-term, nobody is coming back I don’t think.”

Klopp had some positive news for the Merseyside fans as he claimed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner are both expected back in the squad travelling to Turf Moor tomorrow.

The Clarets were hammered four-nil at home to Leeds on Saturday, making it a club-record nine league games without a win at Turf Moor.

The last time they went on a longer winless home run was between March and September 1984, when they were in the third tier of English football.

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Wednesday’s match will be entirely different to the home games which have gone before it, though, with Turf Moor reopening its doors to supporters inside the stadium for their final home outing of the season.