Liverpool down but not out: where will injury-ridden Reds finish this season?

Dominic Lee discusses whether it is all doom and gloom for Liverpool following a lengthy list of player absences.

Dominic Lee
1st December 2020
It's fair to say that this Premier League season has been a little different than expected. Southampton, Leicester and Aston Villa all feature in the top seven spots and the two Manchester clubs are left in mid-table mediocrity- Arsenal are also around mid-table but that's not all too surprising.

However, it's last season's champions Liverpool who at the time of writing sit in 4th- who are the talk of the league, not for their play but rather for their growing list of injuries.

The Reds enter their game against 3rd place Leicester without 3/4s of their starting back line, with only Andy Robertson- who himself played every minute of Scotland's penalty shootout triumph against Serbia- fit to play. Additionally, while Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are only expected to be out for a few weeks, main man at the back Virgil van Dijk will be out for the majority of the season with an ACL injury.

To add to their problems it's not only the defence which has suffered casualties, captain Jordan Henderson is set to miss the game against the Foxes though he is expected to be fit after that. Finally, the cherry on top of the already quite disappointing cake is the news that Mohamed Salah tested positive for COVID-19 whilst on international duty with Egypt, where he also attended his brother's wedding. It's unclear as of yet when he will return to action.

All of this leaves Liverpool in an uncertain spot. They still undoubtedly have enough quality to win games but having key players out for around three or four games could see them fall behind other title contenders. Chelsea and Spurs seem to be in a rich vain of form and look to be fairly healthy, while Leicester also look like they can cause some problems at the top end of the table. Bearing all of this in mind I still think Liverpool can challenge for the title given the competitive and unpredictable nature of the league this year. However, if the likes of Diogo Jota don't keep up their strong form it might not be enough to counteract their injury woes at the back. I still see a top four finish for the Reds but I also think that Chelsea and Spurs may take advantage of their weakened state. Liverpool might not be completely out of the race but they're certainly at a disadvantage.

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