Liverpool injury update: Darwin Nunez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson latest news and return dates

Liverpool are still dealing with an extensive injury list as a crucial part of the season approaches after the international break.

The depleted Reds will have been happy with the rest after being painfully knocked out of the FA Cup at the quarter-final stage by fierce rivals Manchester United in a final extra-time at Old Trafford that left them without a number of key players.

Jurgen Klopp picked up a trio of new concerns in that memorable match, with most of his squad having been away on international matches since then.

The German will be desperate to stop worrying about his fitness ahead of the match, with his Carabao Cup winners still battling for further glory in both the Premier League and Europa League ahead of his emotional departure in the summer , starting against Brighton at Anfield on Sunday. .

Here you will find the latest Liverpool injury news and possible return dates….

Darwin Nunez

The popular striker suffered a hamstring injury during that painful defeat at Old Trafford and subsequently withdrew from Uruguay’s squad for friendlies against the Basque Country and Ivory Coast.

However, Klopp said after the United game that “hopefully it wasn’t too bad”, leading to optimism that Nunez might have avoided a lengthy layoff.

Potential return date: unknown

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Alexander-Arnold has not played since suffering another knee injury during the 3-1 win over Burnley on February 10 when he was withdrawn at half-time.

The versatile right-back was unavailable for selection for England’s friendlies against Brazil and Belgium, with Klopp previously claiming he could return the week after the international break.

After the match against Brighton, Liverpool host bottom club Sheffield United on April 4 before another trip to Old Trafford three days later.

Potential return date: April 7, vs Manchester United

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Alisson Becker

Liverpool are without their first goalkeeper since the costly defeat to title rivals Arsenal in early February due to a hamstring injury that Klopp described as “fairly serious, but not season-ending”.

There have been few new updates since then and it remains to be seen exactly when the influential 31-year-old will be fit again, with deputy Caoimhin Kelleher set to remain in goal for the time being.

Alisson is not involved in the Brazil squad that will next face Spain after beating England.

Potential return date: April 2024

Luis Diaz

Like Nunez, fellow South American striker Diaz was injured during the FA Cup thriller against Manchester United, with Klopp confirming he suffered a groin strain after being taken off in extra-time.

However, such an injury did not stop him from joining the Colombian squad and he put in an impressive 90-minute performance in the 1-0 friendly win over Spain at the London Stadium on Friday.

Diaz is expected to play for his country again against Romania in Madrid on Tuesday and, assuming there are no further setbacks, he should be good to play against Brighton this weekend.

Potential return date: March 31, vs. Brighton

Cody Gakpo

Gakpo, the third player to pick up an injury against Manchester United, twisted his ankle at Old Trafford after coming off the bench to replace Mohamed Salah in the second half of normal time.

But like Diaz, he still left on international duty and played all but eight minutes of the Netherlands’ 4-0 friendly win over Scotland in Amsterdam on Friday evening.

Gakpo should also be involved in Tuesday’s high-profile meeting with Germany in Frankfurt and then be available for Brighton at Anfield.

Potential return date: March 31, vs. Brighton

Diogo Jota

Jota was stretchered off in the first half of the 4–1 win over Brentford on 17 February after sustaining a serious knee injury.

Klopp said the Portuguese forward had been waiting on the sidelines for “months”, although he again stressed the issue was not season-ending.

In his latest update, the Reds boss said that Jota, like Alexander-Arnold, could be back the week after the international break, meaning he could have at least some involvement against Sheffield United or Manchester United.

Potential return date: April 7, vs Manchester United

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Curtis Jones

Like Jota and Nunez, Jones was forced off in that precious win over Brentford last month after suffering an ankle knock.

He has not played since and had no chance of featuring in Gareth Southgate’s final England squad before naming his traveling party for the European Championship.

However, Klopp said earlier this month that Jones could be fit to play a role against Brighton when the Premier League returns.

Potential return date: March 31, vs. Brighton

Ibrahima Konate

The French defender suffered a thigh injury that forced him off in the second half of the first leg of Liverpool’s stunning last-16 Europa League win against Sparta Prague on March 7.

He sat out the next three matches but was still named in the latest France squad by Didier Deschamps.

Konate was an unused substitute for Friday’s 2-0 home defeat to hosts Germany in Lyon, while Les Bleus faced Chile in Marseille on Tuesday.

His involvement in France suggests the 24-year-old is now out of injury and should return to action for Liverpool this weekend.

Potential return date: March 31, vs. Brighton

Thiago Alcantara

Injury-plagued Thiago suffered an injury setback just minutes after coming off the bench for his first appearance in 10 months against Arsenal in early February.

Klopp has said he is unsure when the Spanish midfielder will return and whether he will be able to play again this season.

With his contract expiring this summer and no extension agreed, Thiago may have already played his last game for Liverpool.

Potential return date: unknown

Stefan Bajcetic

Bajcetic has made just two appearances this season due to injury and has not played at all for Liverpool since September.

However, he has stepped up his return efforts of late, showing off his encouraging progress in a series of Instagram updates showing off his training sessions – the latest of which was accompanied by the caption: “I can’t wait for what’s next.”

Klopp previously said Bajcetic was in a “much better place” and would likely be part of the team training at Kirkby after the international break, but warned he was effectively in his “pre-season” fitness-wise.

Potential return date: April 2024

Joel Matip

The experienced centre-back underwent surgery in December to repair a cruciate ligament tear suffered during the comeback win over Fulham.

The injury was deemed season-ending and like Thiago, Matip is out of contract this summer and may be banned from playing for Liverpool again.

Potential return date: Summer 2024

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Ben Doak

The teenage winger suffered a meniscus tear in December and underwent surgery, with an expected layoff of several months.

However, there are reports that Doak is well ahead of schedule in his recovery and could return to play before the end of the season.

Potential return date: unknown

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