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Treatment room: Liverpool injury situation ahead of Southampton clash

Ahead of the weekend’s game against Southampton, we have gone into the treatment room to look at the players who might not be available for selection over the weekend.

Diogo Jota

Klopp was 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 assessed Jota’s fitness – but he seems to have suffered no lasting damage as he was on the bench for Wednesday’s clash against Porto.

On Thursday, Jota was pictured taking part in full team training and will be in contention to start against Southampton.

Roberto Firmino

Liverpool are still without Roberto Firmino after he suffered a ‘serious’ hamstring injury earlier this month.

The Brazilian was replaced after a rather brief cameo in the win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League at Anfield.

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 or Porto.

“Bobby [is] getting closer but not for the weekend,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com. “We’ll see, that will take a little bit longer still.”

He’s set to miss the Southampton clash too as he was absent from training this week.

Naby Keita

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He was then a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up to face Brighton a week later, but was withdrawn in the first-half due to a hamstring injury.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, Arsenal and Porto games.

Klopp has said that Keita is “getting closer” and is in line to return to team training this week, but he’ll likely miss the Southampton game as training on Thursday was too soon for the midfielder.

Harvey Elliott

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 Porto in midweek, but is yet to return to team.

Joe Gomez

Defender Joe Gomez has now missed missed four games against Porto, 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 Liverpoolfc.com last Friday.

“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,”

Curtis Jones

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.

“I thought I saw all injuries as a manager, but that was really a freak one,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.

“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.”

Jones is set to miss the Arsenal clash as he remains sidelined with the problem and wasn’t pictured in first team training on Thursday.

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