Liverpool returned to Premier League action with a comfortable 4-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday.
Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino were all on the scoresheet as the Reds cruised past their opponents at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp will be hoping the knock sustained by Diogo Jota isn’t serious as a Champions League clash against Porto looms midweek.
A number of other players missed out due to injury, so here is a round-up of the current state of play at Anfield and the expected return dates.
Klopp has been handed another injury concern following the victory over Arsenal as Jota hurt his knee following a collision with Aaron Ramsdale.
The Portuguese underwent lengthy treatment but was able to play a further 15 minutes before he was substituted for Takumi Minamino.
The club will assess Jota’s fitness over the weekend but the collision could make him a doubt for the Porto game next week.
Klopp said after the match: “The situation is not easy and Diogo went off and he got a proper knock against his knee.
“They went knee to knee I think and we have to see how quickly that develops, in the right direction hopefully. Hopefully it’s nothing serious. It would be very important.”
Divock Origi provided Klopp with an injury scare, as he was substituted off for Belgium against Wales earlier in the week.
The Red Devils finished their World Cup qualifying campaign with a draw in Cardiff but the Liverpool striker was replaced on 59 minutes after looking to have picked up a knock.
Sky Sports’ touchline reporter Patrick Davison revealed that the time that Belgium boss Roberto Martinez had said he suffered a dead leg.
Origi was then absent from the squad that faced Arsenal, but he was he was ruled out through illness on this occasion.
Klopp will hope he’s ready to face Porto on Wednesday night.
Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson missed the win over Arsenal last night, as expected.
The Scotland captain pulled up during his country’s win over Denmark at the start of the week, with fans speculating that it could have been a hamstring problem.
With around 13 minutes of the World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park to go, Robertson hit the turf and was replaced by Scott McKenna. But he was seen back out at the end of the match to applaud the fans.
Klopp confirmed on Friday “lucky” that the injury was not more serious, but it was enough to keep him out this weekend.
“Robbo was lucky, we can probably say. It was a little bit DOMS, the intensity of all the games he played probably, rather than anything else,” Klopp told.
“He was smart enough to [make] the right decision, he went off early, which he usually is not doing. But in this case it was absolutely right.”
Liverpool will be without Roberto Firmino for a number of weeks after he suffered a ‘serious’ hamstring injury.
The Brazilian was replaced after a rather brief cameo in the win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League at Anfield earlier this month.
Klopp said at the time that the injury is ‘not good’, as they headed into the international break.
The Liverpool boss now says that Firmino is “getting closer” but he was not fit enough to face Arsenal.
“Bobby [is] getting closer but not for the weekend,” Klopp told. “We’ll see, that will take a little bit longer still.”
After being on the receiving end of a red card challenge from Paul Pogba, Naby Keita was stretchered off the pitch in the win over Manchester United last month.
He was then a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up to face Brighton a week later, but was withdrawn in the first-half due to a hamstring injury.
Klopp then confirmed that Keita would be ‘out for a while’ ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Atletico, and he also missed West Ham and Arsenal games.
Now Klopp has said that Keita, along with James Milner, is “getting closer” and is in line to return to team training next week.
“Naby and James are in a good way as well, getting closer,” Klopp told.
“Probably next week we expect them being back in team training, let’s see what that means for the Porto game – but not for the weekend, they are not available.”
Liverpool’s long-term absentee Harvey Elliott is still recovering from the dislocated ankle he suffered in the away trip to Leeds United on September 12.
Elliott underwent successful surgery on the injury, and he is now in early stages of his recovery, with the club hopeful the teenager will be able to play again this season.
The most recent update saw Elliott out on the pitch at the AXA Training Centre running, in what is a significant step in the player’s recovery.
Elliott was pictured alongside Klopp training separately from the rest of the group ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Arsenal.
He was also in attendance at Anfield for the win over the Gunners last night.
Another concern is James Milner, who suffered a hamstring problem during Liverpool’s win against Manchester United in October.
The 36-year-old lasted 27 minutes before going down clutching his hamstring.
Milner was pictured training separately from the rest of the group prior to the match against Arsenal.
Now Klopp says that the experienced midfielder is expected to resume full team training next week, but he was ruled out of the clash against the Gunners.
Defender Joe Gomez has now missed missed three games against Arsenal, West Ham and Atletico after sustaining what is believed to be a calf injury.
The centre-back was unable to train ahead of the Champions League match, though no timeframe was set for his return.
Klopp has said that Gomez is still recovering from his injury, but is improving and in line to return to the team in the near future.
“So Joe is obviously still not available,” Klopp told
“He is in a good way and it looks pretty good. It was clear he will need a few weeks and that’s still [the case], the rehab is not finished. But in a good place actually,”
Midfielder Curtis Jones suffered an eye injury in training.
Jones has missed the last three games with the injury, and Klopp says that the 20-year-old is still recovering from
“I thought I saw all injuries as a manager, but that was really a freak one,” Klopp told.
“He was very lucky – very lucky – in the end because we all know with the eye there’s no jokes about that, let me say it like this.
“He is good, he is just not allowed to do a lot of things in the moment, we have to wait until the doctors give us a green light. Curtis is completely fine, he has his eyesight back, all these kinds of things, but the eye is still recovering.”