Three Liverpool injured footballers will miss Champions League game

The Merseyside giants will still be without injured trio Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Joel Matip for their UCL meeting with FC Midtjylland this week. Liverpool host the Danish champions on Tuesday night at Anfield as they look to continue their excellent start to their European campaign, after beating Ajax last week.

They will be heavy favourites to pick up another three points, but the German manager will have to do so without several footballers available to him. Despite only suffering minor injuries, Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Joel Matip will all stay out of contention for European duty this week.

They stay sidelined alongside Kostas Tsimikas, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and, of course, Virgil van Dijk who is out for months to come. ‘Not as far as I know… nobody told me yet. I don’t know exactly, probably anybody added but we didn’t lose anybody as well,’ said the German tactician on his squad for Tuesday night.

With Van Dijk and Matip out, Fabinho will continue at centre-back alongside Joe Gomez as he has done for the last two matches. The German boss will likely have hugely more options available to him for the PL match with West Ham on Saturday evening, with Thiago, Keita, Matip and Tsimikas all pushing to return for the weekend.

Reds have a busy schedule ahead, with a third straight week of the UCL action meaning they must travel to Atalanta before a trip to Man City on 8 November. Jurgen Klopp will want as many footballers available as possible with the string of tough fixtures coming up.