Liverpool will head to north London this weekend for their Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur, and Jurgen Klopp has been handed a huge boost ahead of the clash as a new injury update emerges.
Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed (via Sky Sports) that Son Heung-min will be unavailable for selection against Liverpool this weekend due to a head injury sustained in the side’s Champions League victory over Marseille earlier this week.
Son has sustained a fracture around his left eye and will now need to undergo surgery to stabilise the injury, which leaves his chances of going to the World Cup next month hanging in the balance.
There is no denying that losing Son will be a blow for Spurs, but the £43m-rated forward’s absence has eliminated a huge attacking threat that could have caused major problems to Liverpool’s inconsistent defensive set up, something that represents a huge boost for Klopp.
The South Korean goal machine, who has been dubbed “electrifying” by reporter Dan Kilpatrick, has scored five goals and delivered two assists so far this season and has tallied up four Premier League goals against Liverpool over his 13 meetings with the side since he arrived in London.
On top of that, Son ended last term as the Premier League’s golden boot winner, an award he shared with none other than Mohamed Salah.
The Reds conceded the first goal for the 12th time in their last 16 league games when they lost 2-1 to Leeds United last weekend, so there is no doubt there are some concerns surrounding their defender’s confidence and form right now.
Indeed, Liverpool did manage to steal a victory from Napoli in the Champions League earlier this week but Klopp hasn’t managed to find the recipe for translating the European form his team have shown into their domestic fixtures, which has led to the side falling into ninth in the Premier League table.
The Merseysiders will have some injury boosts when they return to action in the top flight this weekend as Ibrahima Konate proved he was back to his best in the centre-back partnership with Van Dijk against Napoli, whilst Naby Keita could finally make his return to the matchday squad as he is back in first-team training.
With all considered, it will be a relief to the Liverpool manager that Son won’t be causing chaos for his defenders when the two sides meet on Sunday and he will be hoping a weakened Spurs team can inspire their first three-pointer in three games.