Liverpool could be missing both Curtis Jones and Divock Origi when they host Real Madrid on Wednesday evening.
According to The Mirror, the duo were absent from training ahead of the tie and both could miss out on the key clash at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp’s men attempt to stage yet another dramatic European recovery.
The Reds find themselves 3-1 down on aggregate following the first-leg of the quarter-final tie in Madrid.
However, they will have to attempt their comeback without both Jones and Origi and whilst the two have not really found opportunities forthcoming in recent weeks, they could potentially have been useful options for Klopp ahead of the game.
Jones, 20, has not appeared for Liverpool since the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in early March but was in the midst of a quietly impressive breakthrough campaign having scored four goals and notched a further four assists.
For context, none of the Reds’ current central midfield options have provided anywhere near Jones’ eight total goal contributions.
Labelled “exceptional” by Liverpool boss Klopp in the past, the youngster might well have been a clever option from the bench with the hosts chasing a goal.
Elsewhere, whilst Origi is currently in the mire of a dreadful season where he has scored just one goal in 17 appearances, he too could have been a last resort from the substitutes’ bench as the Reds attempt to find a foothold.
After all, the Belgian has stepped up at key times for the club in the past in the UEFA Champions League. He memorably scored a brace in the Merseysiders’ comeback victory against Barcelona, whilst also finding the net in the 2-0 victory against Tottenham Hotspur in the 2019 final.
With Klopp having the option of using five substitutes, both could have been valid options if the manager found himself chasing goals in the latter stages of the game.
However, with both players now unavailable this hugely limits Klopp’s options in what is a crucial game for the Reds’ UEFA Champions League hopes, especially the absence of Jones, who has already proven that he has the ability to score and create goals from midfield, something the Reds have lacked all season.