The postponement of Premier League games for this weekend and perhaps the next has dealt a major blow to football fans across the country, but for Liverpool it could provide a chance for their players to recoup their fitness. A break from the action means the Reds can welcome four injured first-team stars by then Jurgen Klopp‘s side are next in domestic action.
Following the Premier League’s decision to postpone this weekend’s round of matches “out of respect” for Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on Thursday afternoon at the age of 96, there have been suggestions that next weekend’s games could also be postponed. It remains to be seen when Her Majesty’s funeral will take place, but the chances of police being sent en masse to London for the ceremony means Liverpool will not be allowed back on the pitch in the Premier League until after the upcoming international break.
With the Reds’ duel with Wolves postponed and next weekend’s trip to Stamford Bridge to make it possible against Chelsea, Klopp’s side may not be back in action until Saturday, October 1, when they welcome a currently managerless Brighton at Anfield. By the time it comes, Liverpool could very well have welcomed some first-team stars.
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Alisson’s backup Caoimhin Kelleher has been sidelined for some time after he reportedly suffered an injury during his international service with the Republic of Ireland in June – a claim national boss Stephen Kenny refutes. In his latest update on the No. 2 ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Everton last weekend, Klopp confirmed that Kelleher is nearing a return, suggesting he will likely be back for the Reds’ next clash – whenever that may be.
Klopp had previously insisted in late August that the stopper would return to training soon, but said last week: “Kelleher is getting closer and closer. [the injury] had something to do with age and growth.”
Just as Curtis Jones appeared to be approaching a first-team return after being recently named on the bench against Newcastle, the England Under-21 international suffered a minor setback. Ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Napoli, Klopp revealed: “When Curtis was out earlier, he had a stress response in a bone around the shin.
“Went all right, no problem anymore, trained twice and then felt again. Not as bad as the first time but bad enough to not be in team training anymore. We have to be careful.” A lull in the action, however, will likely see Jones recover in time for Liverpool’s next game.