Mohamed Salah, Dominik Szoboszlai, Trent Alexander-Arnold - Liverpool injury news and return dates


Liverpool immediately returned to the top of the table with a 3-1 win over Burnley on Saturday in front of the biggest-ever Premier League crowd at Anfield. While the Reds were not at their swashbuckling best, it should not be forgotten that they were missing 11 first-team players. And salt was then rubbed into the wounds when Trent-Alexander Arnold was forced off at half-time.

With a free week to prepare for Saturday's clash at Brentford, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will hope that the extra time will give the players who missed the victory against the Clarets time to recover from the sickness bug that has hit the squad. While there is even a chance that talismanic top-scorer Mohamed Salah, who has posted a new fitness update, could be back after a month on the sidelines.

Ibrahima Konate will definitely be back from suspension, while Conor Bradley could return after being granted compassionate leave following the sad passing of his father.

But Klopp is still set to be a missing a number of players for the trip to west London to take on a Brentford side who have not lost at home to Liverpool since winning promotion from the Championship.

And, ahead of the 12.30pm kick-off, we take a look at the players the Reds currently have sidelined through injury and illness and when they are expected to return...

Mohamed Salah
Salah was, as expected, absent against Burnley, but Klopp hinted on Friday that the forward could be fit to face Brentford. The 31-year-old has been stepping up his recovery at the AXA Training Centre after suffering a hamstring injury in Egypt's Africa Cup of Nations clash with Ghana on January 18.

Klopp said: "Mo is going in the right direction. We hope, but we don't know, that he can be a part of parts of training next week. But we have to see. He is going through all the paces now and it looks positive. It's either next week or the week after. If you ask him, it's next week."

Expected return date: Brentford (A), February 17

Trent Alexander-Arnold
Klopp has confirmed Alexander-Arnold has suffered a recurrence of his knee injury. The Liverpool manager said after the win over Burnley: "His knee again? Yes, it felt like that. He got it stuck in the grass and we will see. We have [to send for] assessment.

"Same area in the knee. Nothing really bad, but he felt it again and we have to see, we have to assess it. Trent said it’s fine, but it’s not fine [because] he feels it so we had to be careful and took him off.”

Expected return date: Unknown

Alisson Becker
Klopp was coy about Alisson Becker's condition after the Reds goalkeeper missed the match with Burnley with flu. He said: "Ali (Alisson) is out with, well, I don't know."

Expected return date: Brentford (A), February 17

Joe Gomez
Klopp did confirm though that versatile defender Joe Gomez was definitely missing through flu.

Expected return date: Brentford (A), February 17

Ryan Gravenberch
Ryan Gravenberch was named on the bench against Burnley and remained there. Afterwards, Klopp said the midfielder "felt something" during the warm-up.

Expected return date: Brentford (A), February 17

Dominik Szoboszlai
Rumours emerged before the recent top-of-the-table encounter at Arsenal that Dominik Szoboszlai hadn't travelled with the Liverpool squad to the capital. And Klopp confirmed before kick-off that the injury the Hungary captain had sustained in the New Year's Day win over Newcastle United had flared up again.

Providing a further update ahead of the home encounter with Burnley, the Reds boss said: ""The muscle is not big but the tendon is the problem and the tendon is not painful, which means the player is like: 'I’m fine, let’s go’. And he is obviously not used to getting injured with this kind of thing.

"He had long-term problems at Salzburg but pretty much since then he could play. He came to Leipzig with a problem but could pretty much play all the time after that. He is not the most patient person. We don’t know (about the Carabao Cup final with Chelsea on February 25).

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