Liverpool face a potential injury blow after Thiago Alcantara was subbed off after 50 minutes in their Premier League opener against Fulham.
Thiago was seen to by the physio on the pitch but was able to walk off unassisted.
Jurgen Klopp will be hoping the midfield star’s issue is nothing serious and he could return to action quickly, but insisted he would dip into the transfer market to sign a replacement.
‘I know what will now come up, it’s clear,’ he told Liverpool’s website. ‘We said we don’t need a midfielder because we have enough – and we actually have enough, but the problem now is we get punished for something that is not our responsibility really because things like this can happen.
‘Nobody could image that Curtis gets the thing he gets; it is nothing serious but he is a young boy and it is a kind of stress reaction. Bodies are like this. Naby is only ill and he will now be back definitely next week again. Oxlade happened early and now with Thiago that is, of course, not good and we will see.
‘Look, a transfer must make sense now and in the long-term; we have midfielders, we have still enough midfielders. It is not that we lack midfielders, but it’s just some of them are injured.
‘This is not a good situation, I don’t like it at all, but we have to see how we react on that – but for sure not panicking.’
He was replaced by Harvey Elliott, as the Reds were held to a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage.
Jordan Henderson was also seen nursing an issue in the first-half, though he was able to continue.
The 31-year-old has become a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s side and played 39 games across all competitions last season.
He also went off injured in his last Premier League game against Wolves at the end of last season.
It comes after the Liverpool boss spoke before the game about injury issues at the club. He said: ‘Pre-season was really good but over the five weeks, it’s not the whole group, but we have too many injuries now.
‘We are ready for the game today but we need the boys to come back sooner rather than later, that’d be helpful – apart from that, nothing negative.’
The Reds are currently without Naby Keita, Ibrahima Konate, Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kostas Tsimikas and Diogo Jota in a growing injury list.
Liverpool suffered similar injury problems in the 2020/21 season, where serious injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho reduced Liverpool to their only finish outside of the top two in the past four seasons.
The Reds will be hoping to improve on today’s performance as they look to challenge for the Premier League title.