Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Andy Robertson was unavailable for Liverpool’s meeting with Nottingham Forest after contracting COVID-19.
Mo Salah and Sadio Mane likewise missed out, with the former struggling with a foot concern and the latter’s upcoming World Cup qualifier on the way, as reported in a tweet by Goal’s Neil Jones.
Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Robertson missed out today due to covid, Milner too although he's back now. Salah still feels his foot a bit, so decision was taken not to play Mané as well with WCQ coming up.#LFC 🔴 pic.twitter.com/oAfWu0jhUh
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) March 20, 2022
The Merseysiders secured a 1-0 win at the City Ground to set up a meeting with Manchester City in the semi-finals, potentially six or seven days after a pivotal league clash at the Eithad in April.
With the international break just around the corner, one might be inclined to argue that time away from domestic football could provide a rare blessing for us.
The absence of Trent Alexander-Arnold due to a hamstring injury is far from comforting news given the nature of the games up for grabs in April, though we’re more than hopeful that our world-class medical team can help get the Academy graduate and his fellow fullback back available as soon as possible.
As far as muscular injuries are concerned, there’s certainly a precedent for quicker returns to the field of play, which could prove critical in our bid to secure further silverware beyond the Carabao Cup.