Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, is facing two new injury concerns following the recent draw against Manchester City. Goalkeeper Alisson and forward Diogo Jota both picked up issues during the match and their fitness is currently being assessed. These injuries come at a crucial time for Liverpool, as it has a busy schedule ahead.

Alisson, who played the full 90 minutes against Manchester City, went down holding his leg during the closing stages of the game but managed to finish the contest. Klopp expressed his hope that Alisson's injury is not serious but admitted that he would have to wait for further assessment. The Brazilian goalkeeper has been a key figure for Liverpool and any prolonged absence could have a significant impact on the team.

Jota, on the other hand, was substituted in the second half of the match. As part of Liverpool's well-stocked forward line, his absence can be managed by Klopp, with other options available on the bench. However, his injury adds to the growing list of players on the sidelines for the Reds.

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Liverpool's fixture congestion has been a recurring challenge for Klopp, exacerbated by its participation in the Europa League this season. The team is set to play four games in nine days, starting with a Europa League match against LASK this Thursday. Despite the demanding schedule, Liverpool is currently sitting at the top of its group and is on track to qualify as group winner.

After its European fixture, Liverpool will face Fulham in its next Premier League outing before heading to Sheffield United just three days later. The hectic run of fixtures concludes with an away game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Managing player fitness and avoiding further injuries will be crucial for Liverpool during this intense period.

Klopp has been vocal about his concerns regarding fixture congestion and its impact on player welfare. He criticized the decision-makers for scheduling the match against Manchester City in the lunchtime slot, highlighting the physical strain on the players, especially those returning from international duty. Klopp emphasized the need for adequate preparation and recovery time to ensure the team is ready for each game.

Liverpool's medical staff will closely monitor the injuries to Alisson and Jota, hoping for positive news and quick recoveries. As the team navigates through a challenging schedule, Klopp will rely on his squad depth to cope with the absence of key players. The upcoming matches will test Liverpool's resilience and provide opportunities for other players to step up and make an impact.

Liverpool.com says: This is where squad depth is vital. It was telling that Klopp made five changes against Manchester City, while Pep Guardiola made none; Liverpool has potential game-changing quality right through the roster at the moment.

Even in goal, Caoimhín Kelleher is an excellent deputy to have if Alisson does miss any significant period. Few teams can boast such an accomplished 'number two', and an absence for the Brazilian would not necessarily derail the campaign.

That being said, Jota and especially Alisson are clearly key players. Liverpool will be sweating on updates.


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