Alexis Mac Allister, Thiago, Diogo Jota - Liverpool injury list and expected return dates

Liverpool return to Europa League action on Thursday night when they take on Union Saint-Gilloise at Lotto Park.

The Reds came from behind to beat Crystal Palace in the Premier League at Selhurst Park last time out. Goals from Mohamed Salah and Harvey Elliott cancelled out Jean-Philippe Mateta’s opener from the penalty spot.

Victory over Roy Hodgson’s side moved the Reds to the top of the table, just a point ahead of Arsenal. On the injury front, Alisson Becker returned at the weekend, but Jurgen Klopp is still without a number of first-team stars.

And with that in mind, we have rounded up the latest Liverpool injury news and return dates ahead of Thursday night’s game and this weekend’s meeting against Manchester United.

Joel Matip

After being withdrawn in the second half of Sunday's win over Fulham, it was at Bramall Lane three days later that Klopp confirmed Matip had ruptured his ACL and would be facing an extended spell on the sidelines.

Speaking to reporters, Klopp said: "'It's an ACL, ruptured, so that's what I unfortunately expected from the first second. Everything looked like that. Very unfortunate."

Matip, 32, has been impressive for the Reds this term and had, until his injury, Ibrahima Konate limited to off-the-bench appearances in recent weeks.

Sadly for the defender, with ACL injuries typically requiring nine months on the sidelines, it is unclear whether he will play for the club again due to his contract expiring at the end of June.

Potential return date: Unknown

Alexis Mac Allister

Mac Allister was substituted after roughly 60 minutes of Wednesday's victory at Bramall Lane after taking an early knock to the knee.

Taking to Instagram after the game, however, the Argentine confirmed that he was fine and only required stitches for the wounds he suffered. He said: "Everything’s fine. I got a few stitches, but I’ll bounce back soon. We keep going. Come on Liverpool."

But with Liverpool facing a quick turnaround in time for their trip at Selhurst Park, Mac Allister could be left out of the squad as a precaution.

Speaking at his pre-Crystal Palace press conference, Klopp played down the possibility of the 24-year-old making an instant return to the first-team. He said: "Macca doesn't look good, so we have to see day by day. They were pretty hopeful after the game that it was not serious. It's not that serious but in the period of the year if you are out for five days, it's 12 games pretty much. We have to wait there how he shows up here today. I don't expect him to be ready for tomorrow, I don't know about Thursday or Sunday after that, so it's pretty much stop and go. We have to see."

Potential return date: December 23

Diogo Jota

Jota will be hoping he can prove his fitness ahead of this weekend's game against Manchester United.

The forward has not featured since November 25 when he was substituted against Manchester City with a muscle injury.

However, earlier this week he was able to make a return to the grass and could join in with team training before Saturday's trip to Selhurst Park.

Potential return date: December 14-17

Andy Robertson, Stefan Bajcetic, Thiago Alcantara

That leaves Liverpool's three long-term absentees - Robertson, Bajcetic and Thiago - who are not expected to return to action until January 2024.

Robertson has not played for the Reds since October due to dislocating his shoulder while on international duty with Scotland and later requiring surgery on the issue.

Thiago, meanwhile, hasn't played a competitive game since April and last month Klopp confirmed the Spaniard had suffered a setback in his quest for full fitness.

Speaking on December 1, the Liverpool boss said: "Nothing [has] changed. We said that he needs time, and we will give him that time. As easy as that. [We] see him every day; he is still a fantastic guy who works hard to get back."

Finally, 19-year-old Bajcetic is suffering from growing issues and therefore Klopp has refused to put a timeline on when we could see him back in action.

Return date: January 2024


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