Liverpool had been fairly untouched by injuries for a while, but then that changed. The injury list is growing at the worst possible time, with Jürgen Klopp's men heading into a packed schedule. Seven more games come before the end of 2023.

It has helped, of course, that Liverpool can now call upon a group of players that are considerably more reliable when it comes to availability. In midfield, in particular, the likes of Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister are more robust than the options that they replaced.

With more players available on a regular basis, that means more rotation is possible to keep everyone fit. It has been handy, of course, that the Reds are in the Europa League rather than the Champions League this season. That has helped Klopp rotate more significantly, with more winnable matches bringing heavily changed starting XIs.

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But now, there are six players sidelined and some could be out for some time. Liverpool should be able to cope, and it will need to do just that to keep pace with Premier League leader Arsenal, but it will be a test of where the Reds are really at.

Here, rounds up the latest injury news ahead of midweek league clash with Sheffield United. Klopp still has plenty of options available to him for the upcoming festive fixtures, though there are some stars who are set to sit them out.

Andy Robertson

Having undergone successful surgery, it is simply a waiting game from here on in for Andy Roberton to come back into the Liverpool team. "I'm getting there, slowly and surely. Surgery was a success which was the main thing, no complications from it or anything like that,” Robertson stated during the last international break (via the ECHO).

"It's so far so good, three weeks since my surgery now so everything is progressing well, I have just got to take it bit by bit and week by week. Everything has gone well up to this point and hopefully that continues. Hopefully, before we know it I'll be back on the grass."

Alisson Becker and Diogo Jota

After they were injured in the game against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, Alisson Becker will miss at least three more matches and Diogo Jota will be missing for longer, though no exact timeframe has been made public yet. Klopp may give an update in his pre-Sheffield United press conference. Caoimhín Kelleher and Cody Gakpo will get more action in the meantime.

Joël Matip

After he injured his knee against Fulham, Klopp said that Joël Matip would not be out for a short period. Quite how long the period will be, though, remains to be seen — and again, the manager could provide an update in the press conference. Ibrahima Konaté will need to step up in his absence. Joe Gomez may also get a few more chances in his best role, with Conor Bradley potentially now able to be the deputy right-back after his injury return.

Thiago Alcântara and Stefan Bajčetić

Both Spanish midfielders, Thiago Alcântara and Stefan Bajčetić, are set to miss the rest of the calendar year and an exact date of their return is not yet known in 2024. Liverpool will take no risks with either player as they are slowly reintegrated. There is no immediate need for either player with Klopp having plenty of other players to select in the center of the pitch.

But, of course, it would clearly be beneficial for Liverpool to be able to call upon some additional quality. Thiago is out of contract at the end of the season and Bajčetić is one of the most highly-rated young talents that Liverpool has.

An original version of this article was first published on November 28 and has since been updated.