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Liverpool are back on the pitch this weekend, facing Newcastle on Wednesday after a massive 9-0 win over Bournemouth.

Liverpool injury news, updates and potential return dates ahead of the crucial Newcastle encounter

Jurgen Klopp’s side only picked up five points from their first four games and lost to Manchester United last week.

But they bounced back with a brutal win over Bournemouth, which the Reds simply couldn’t handle at Anfield. In addition to dealing with the suspended Darwin Nunez, the Reds are plagued with injuries, with more than 9 first-team players currently sidelined.

Thiago, Diogo Jota, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ibrahima Konate are just a few of the names not currently in action as Klopp looks set to welcome the Magpies to Merseyside on Wednesday. Naby Keita

The 27-year-old was supposed to be available at Old Trafford to ease some of Liverpool’s midfield issues, but in a way that already seems typical of the season, he suffered a ‘crazy’ injury the day before .

The midfielder, who was part of the Community Shield win, has yet to feature in the league due to illness or injury, which is a major concern on Merseyside. And Reds boss Klopp has confirmed that Keita will not be ready for Bournemouth either.

He said: “Naby won’t be ready for the weekend, it’s a muscle [problem] and it’s not 100% clear. We’ll see.”

  1. Joel Matip

Joel Matip’s absence was seen as a possibility, like everyone else on Merseyside, as the Reds centre-back’s injury coincided with recent back problems. The 31-year-old suffered a groin problem ahead of the Crystal Palace draw and will be unavailable again for Saturday’s clash at Anfield.

Last week, Klopp said: “How did it happen, I didn’t feel anything in training, I came in and said ‘yeah, there’s something’ and then I came out, I don’t know, three weeks, four weeks, whatever.”

But the Reds boss added earlier today that Matip could be back ‘probably not this weekend, but after’ – hinting at a return either for the midweek clash with Newcastle or for the Merseyside derby next weekend.

He was then pictured in training on Sunday which is a big boost for the Reds.

Curtis Jones

That promising line of a potential return next week has also been credited to Curtis Jones, with the midfielder also likely to be back later this month or early September. Like Keita, he briefly featured in the Community Shield before suffering a calf injury and missing the first three games of the Championship campaign. The 21-year-old’s injury was described by Klopp as a “stress response” and photos of the Reds man in a protective boot understandably raised concern. But the German coach added that he caught the injury at the right time and are managing it carefully.

Jones returned to training on Sunday in what is a boost for Liverpool’s midfield options.

Thiago Alcantara

Spanish playmaker Thiago remains sidelined for the foreseeable future after picking up a hamstring injury in the opening day draw at Fulham. The 31-year-old limped off in the second half and a scan the following day gave a prognosis of four to six weeks.

It was Thiago’s injury that upped the pressure on Liverpool to invest in the midfield, and his absence in the middle of the park has been felt massively. He is expected to remain sidelined for at least another few weeks.

Speaking in the press conference on Friday, Klopp gave a very brief update on the midfielder, stating that he ‘is not too far away.’

Diogo Jota

Portuguese forward Diogo Jota will be unavailable for Saturday’s clash and likely the rest of August after picking up a thigh injury during pre-season. He missed the curtain raiser against Manchester City and is yet to feature in the league or cup this season.

With such a lengthy spell sidelined, the 25-year-old is likely to be some way off first-team action as he will take some time to regain full match fitness, but again Klopp was blunt but optimistic about his progress, saying that Jota ‘is getting closer.’

Caoimhin Kelleher

Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher remains unavailable for Saturday after he picked up a groin injury while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland in June. Klopp provided a prognosis of ‘2-3 weeks’ at the end of July but that has seemingly been extended, with the Reds boss saying earlier today that ‘Caoimhin will be training early next week as well.’

Mean while

French centre-back Ibrahima Konate remains sidelined for the foreseeable after picking up a knee injury against Strasbourg in pre-season, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also a long-term absentee with a ‘serious’ hamstring problem.

Summer arrival Calvin Ramsay has finally returned to training after addressing an old injury problem since arriving from Aberdeen.

Another summer signing, Darwin Nunez, will again be suspended following his red card for headbutting Crystal Palace’s Joachim Andersen – his return will come just in time for the Merseyside Derby

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