Jose Mourinho has downplayed Liverpool’s injury crisis ahead of Tottenham’s top-of-the-table clash against the Premier League champions tomorrow evening.
Tottenham travel to Merseyside as the league leaders ahead of a huge clash at Anfield on Wednesday night, with the two sides currently separated by goal difference at the top of the division.
Liverpool’s title defence has been hindered by a number of injuries to key personnel this season, the Reds having seen both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez ruled out for the majority of the campaign with serious knee injuries.
Thiago Alcantara has also featured just twice so far this season, whilst fellow summer signing Diogo Jota is expected to miss a congested festive period after picking up an injury during the Champions League draw with Midtjylland last week.
James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri also remain absent, whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returned to the substitutes’ bench at Fulham last weekend and is still awaiting his first appearance of the campaign.
Despite those absences, Mourinho has downplayed the Reds’ record with injuries and highlighted Van Dijk as the club’s only ‘big injury’ ahead of tomorrow’s crucial clash.
“Alisson is not injured. Alexander-Arnold is not injured, Matip, I believe that he’s going to play. Fabinho is not injured. Robertson is not injured. Henderson is not injured. Wijnaldum is not injured. Salah is not injured. Firmino is not injured. Mane is not injured,” Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference.
“Van Dijk is injured and he is a very good player of course, but give me Liverpool’s list of injuries and compare with a list of Liverpool’s best team.
“I can give you a list of 10 injuries at Tottenham.
“It’s normal, injuries are normal. Every club has injuries now and then. Liverpool have a big injury which is Van Dijk.”