Ahead of their 2-2 draw against Manchester City in their previous Premier League clash before into the current international break, Liverpool were without Thiago Alcantara and Trent Alexander-Arnold through injury.
It now seems as though the Reds could be without two more of their senior stars through injury with the Premier League clash against Watford on the horizon next weekend.
One potential injury issue with which the Reds may have to deal once their international stars return is with Portuguese attacker Diogo Jota.
Additionally, it was revealed by England under-21 coach Lee Carsley that Curtis Jones had a tight groin in training on Tuesday and will now be assessed for their match against Andorra on Monday.
While this is by no means confirmation that either of them will be unavailable to play against Watford next weekend, it’s still a concern for everyone at Liverpool – especially manager Jurgen Klopp, who will undoubtedly be displeased if two of his players come back unfit, especially given how injuries disrupted so much of their previous campaign.
In terms of who could replace the duo for the match against Watford should the worst-case scenario happen and both are ruled out, Liverpool could potentially turn to Roberto Firmino to take Jota’s place in the team after the Brazilian replaced him in the second half against Pep Guardiola’s side.
If Jones isn’t able to play against the Hornets and Thiago still isn’t fully fit, Klopp must hope that Naby Keita is fit enough to feature after picking up an knock in their Carabao Cup clash against Norwich City last month.
Looking ahead to the return of Premier League action and Liverpool’s match against Watford on Saturday, which will be Claudio Ranieri’s first match in charge of the Hornets, Klopp will hope that Jota and Jones will be able to get their fitness back over the next week so that they can be available for selection at Vicarage Road.