The postponement of Premier League matches for this weekend and perhaps the next has served football fans up and down the country with a significant blow, but for Liverpool, it may provide a chance for their players to recoup their fitness. A pause in the action means the Reds could well be set to welcome four injured first-team stars back by the time Jurgen Klopp‘s side are next in domestic action.
Following the Premier League’s decision to postpone this weekend’s round of fixtures “out of respect” for Queen Elizabeth II who passed away at the age of 96 on Thursday afternoon, there have been suggestions next weekend’s games could also be deferred. While it remains to be seen when Her Majesty’s funeral will take place, the likelihood of police being redeployed to London en masse ahead of the ceremony means Liverpool may not take to the field again in the Premier League until after the upcoming international break.
With the Reds weekend clash with Wolves postponed and next weekend’s trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea potentially following suit, Klopp’s side may not be back in action until Saturday 1 October when they welcome a currently manager-less Brighton to Anfield. By the time that comes around, Liverpool could well have welcomed back a number of first-team stars.
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Alisson’s back-up Caoimhin Kelleher has been sidelined for some time now having allegedly sustained an injury while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland back in June – a claim the nation’s boss Stephen Kenny refutes. In his latest update on the No 2 ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Everton last weekend, Klopp confirmed Kelleher is closing in on a return, suggesting he will likely be back for the Reds next clash – whenever that may now be.
Having previously insisted in late August that the stopper would return to training imminently, Klopp said last week: “Kelleher is getting closer and closer. It [the injury] was something to do with age and growing.”
Just when Curtis Jones appeared to be closing in on a first-team return having been named on the bench against Newcastle recently, the England Under-21 international suffered a slight setback. Ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Napoli, Klopp revealed: “When Curtis was out previously he had a stress reaction in a bone around the tibia.
“Was absolutely fine, no problem anymore, trained twice then felt it again. Not as bad as first time but bad enough not to be in team training again. We have to be careful.” However, a pause in the action is likely to see Jones recovered in time for Liverpool’s next fixture.