Liverpool midfielder Alexis Mac Allister is progressing well but he is unlikely to return until the end of the year.
Ahead of Liverpool’s League Cup quarter-final encounter on Wednesday (20 December) at Anfield, Pep Lijnders has delivered the team news. He has provided an update on Mac Allister saying the 24-year-old doesn’t feel the pain anymore.
“Alexis is progressing well, he doesn’t have pain anymore, which is a good thing. It was worse than we first thought, but he is progressing well, no pain. Let’s see if we can progress him,” said Lijnders.
According to a report from The Mirror, Mac Allister will be missing until the New Year.
The Argentine midfielder picked up an injury against Sheffield United and has missed the previous two games for the Reds. He is expected to miss the League Cup tie against West Ham as well as the mouth-watering Premier League clash against Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Ryan Gravenberch hasn’t suffered a serious injury and he is expected to train on Tuesday ahead of the game. Diogo Jota is still out injured while youngster Ben Doak will need surgery.
Huge blow for the Reds
After failing to beat Manchester United at home, Jurgen Klopp will be looking for a response against the Hammers. It’s important at this stage to keep winning every game and build up momentum.
Before Christmas, the Reds will take on league leaders Arsenal and it’s going to be a massive game. The Gunners are leading the table by just one point from Liverpool, and Klopp will be aiming to reclaim the top position once again.
Mac Allister has been outstanding for the club since he joined in the summer, and losing him for crucial games is a big blow for the club. The Reds do have Gravenberch, Endo, Curtis Jones and Dominik Szoboszlai as other options, while Trent Alexander-Arnold can play in midfield as well.
Joel Matip is a long-term absentee and he is unlikely to return before the end of the season. With fixtures coming up thick and fast, Liverpool will hope to get Mac Allister at the earliest.
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