Liverpool’s injury woes continue, with vice-captain James Milner pulling his calf muscle.
The 29-year-old Englishman is now unavailable for the Watford game, as Jurgen Klopp confirmed today during his press-conference (via the Echo).
“James Milner has a problem with his calf,” he began.
“It will take a few days. He had a scan. He felt something when he was warming up. I don’t know how long [James] Milner will be out but he won’t be fit for the weekend.”
It’s not yet clear how Milner hurt himself, although it appears it might’ve been done in training with the player seemingly fine against West Brom.
The news means Klopp will almost certainly go with a midfield three of Lucas, Emre Can and Jordan Henderson versus Watford – the trio most fans would have selected anyway due to Milner’s poor recent form.
Still, with the intense run of fixtures coming up after Christmas we’ll need Milner back and competing for a spot in the side. Klopp requires his midfielders to do an awful lot of running, which means players will tire. The captain Henderson has just returned from a lengthy lay-off, and with Jordan Rossiter’s hamstring injury the manager’s options are looking increasingly limited.
Coutinho can drop back into the midfield three, but his best position is further forward as a genuine playmaker.
In good news though, the Echo claim that Sakho and Flanagan are training normally again. Both will be needed soon in the first-team, although the latter hasn’t played in 18 months.