Blatant injury crisis at Liverpool undermined by Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho has downplayed the injury crisis at Liverpool, ahead of Tottenham’s top-of-the-table clash against the Premier League. Tottenham travels to Merseyside as the league leaders ahead of a huge clash at Anfield on Wednesday night, with the two sides currently separated by goal difference at the top of the table.
The London team have made a flying start to their campaign and find themselves at the top of the table with 25 points. Star duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have been in the form of their life with the duo scoring 19 of the 24 goals the club have scored till now.
Liverpool’s title defense has been hindered by a number of injuries to key personnel this season, the Reds having seen both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez ruled out for the majority of the campaign with serious knee injuries.
Thiago Alcantara has also featured just twice so far this season, whilst fellow summer signing, Diogo Jota is expected to miss a congested festive period after picking up an injury during the Champions League draw with Midtjylland last week.
James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri also remain absent, whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returned to the substitutes’ bench at Fulham last weekend and is still awaiting his first appearance of the campaign.
Despite those absences, Spur’s boss, Mourinho has downplayed the Reds’ record with injuries and highlighted Van Dijk as the club’s only ‘big injury’ ahead of tomorrow’s crucial clash.
In the pre-match conference, the three-time Premier League winner said :
“Alexander-Arnold is not injured, Matip, I believe that he’s going to play. Fabinho is not injured. Robertson is not injured. Henderson is not injured. Wijnaldum is not injured. Salah is not injured. Firmino is not injured. Mane is not injured,”
“Van Dijk is injured and he is a very good player of course, but give me Liverpool’s list of injuries and compare with a list of Liverpool’s best team.
“I can give you a list of 10 injuries at Tottenham.
“It’s normal, injuries are normal. Every club has injuries now and then. Liverpool have a big injury which is Van Dijk.”
Tottenham have had to contend with injuries of their own this season, with Gareth Bale not yet up to full speed after returning to north London on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.
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