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  • Updated: February 18, 2024

EPL: Klopp rues Liverpool injury crisis despite win against Brentford

EPL: Klopp rues Liverpool injury crisis despite win against

By Izuchukwu Okosi

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted that had ‘mixed emotions’ after the trio of Curtis Jones, Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez were all brought off with possible injuries in Liverpool’s 4-1 victory over Brentford on Saturday afternoon. 

The niggles mean that they join first-choice goalkeeper Alisson who was ruled out of the clash due to a hamstring problem as potential absentees in their next couple of games. 

The win sees the Reds extend their lead at the top of the table before close challengers for the title, Arsenal and Manchester City played later in the evening. 

Uruguay international Nunez beat Mark Flekken with a dinked effort in the 35th minute but the beanpole striker was replaced at halftime by Cody Gakpo.

Alexis Mac Allister, Mohamed Salah and Gakpo added to Liverpool’s advantage to secure the visitors all three points, with Ivan Toney’s 75th-minute strike just a consolation for the Bees. 

The emphatic win sees Liverpool restore their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table albeit the injury setbacks were a blot in the Reds' otherwise good day at the Gtech Community Stadium. 

"We don’t know what Alisson has but today there was – I didn’t see it back – a knock for Curtis. Whatever that means to his leg, we will see that. It was a challenge with Diogo as well,’ the Liverpool head coach told TNT Sports.

"Darwin, we were not sure if he had something or not. He felt a little bit and after already having two players off and – you cannot really change anymore in the second half, or only one time – that’s why we decided at half-time to bring on Cody which was obviously a good idea as well.

"We will see but it was never easy for us. It’s obviously not easy at the moment but for the moment it’s fine. We have 57 points and then in three or four days time we play again."

Klopp who has announced his imminent departure from the Merseyside club this summer stopped short of condemning the physical nature of Brentford players and their approach in the game. 

"The result and the performance, you have to get used to it. You can’t do anything in training which is close to what Brentford is really trying to do,’ the German added.

"We had a week to prepare but in the end, it is still extremely tricky to be really prepared. You have to feel in the game. It’s mixed emotions obviously because we lost players which we don’t know how serious it is.

"It doesn’t look great for either of them [Jones and Jota] but we cannot change that anymore. What the boys did after 15-20 minutes was absolutely exceptional.

"It’s such a tricky place to play against a team that is set up to annoy you, set up to having set-pieces. You look now at the stats. They had 18 fouls and we had four. This cannot be, it’s just not possible."

Klopp confirmed that Jota’s knee problem was in all likelihood ‘the worst’ of the three injuries.

"Curtis got a knock on the lower part of his shin, above the ankle. We will have to see what that means, what he felt, but he wasn’t 100 per cent sure,’ he explained.

"If Curtis cannot play on that tells you it must be something because he would have played on at all costs."

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