Liverpool receives another major injury boost ahead of Newcastle clash
Liverpool handed a major injury boost before a crucial Premier League encounter against the current top 4 holders Newcastle United.
After welcoming back Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, and Virgil van Dijk to the matchday squad for the win over their city rival, Everton on Monday, Liverpool will be happy to greet their star defender Ibrahima Konate back to their squad.
The French international is set to return to full action in ‘the next few weeks’, according to the Athletic reporter Andy Jones.
Thus, the Reds manager will be without his star defender against the 14 times Champions League winner, Real Madrid in the round of 16.
The Frenchman as a defender has conceded 8 goals and kept 1 clean sheet in 5 matches he played in the Premier League. He has a tackle rate of 2.83 and an interception rate of 2.13 for every 90 minutes he was on the pitch, according to footystats.org.
The 23-year-old French international was hurt during LFC’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton. His injury alongside the Merseyside giant’s defensive wall Virgil van Dijk has made the Red’s defense most vulnerable in recent times.
The Merseyside club has scored 1.71 goals per game and at the same time conceded 1.33 goals per game, as per fbref.
Liverpool injury report
Apart from Konate, Liverpool’s heartbeat Luiz Diaz is also close to returning to the first-team training. These injury boosts are essential for the Reds side to shape the second half of the season on the path of top 4.
The Magpies have won 2 and drew 3 in their last 5 matches. On the other hand, the Reds will be looking to continue their winning form in the Premier League after they secured their first win on the seventh attempt in 2023. It will be interesting to see if Klopp includes Jota in the frontline considering Nunez, Salah, and Gakpo working quite well against the Toffees.