Jürgen Klopp doubts Szoboszlai will be fit in time for Carabao Cup final

Jürgen Klopp has cast doubt on Dominik Szoboszlai’s availability for the Carabao Cup final after the Liverpool midfielder sustained a recurrence of a muscle injury.

The Hungary captain missed last weekend’s defeat at Arsenal having returned to the starting lineup from a hamstring problem against Chelsea four days earlier. He will again be absent when Liverpool host Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday and, owing to the repeat nature of the injury, there is no timescale on his return.

Klopp said there were doubts whether the influential midfielder would be fit to face Chelsea when the two sides meet again at Wembley on 25 February.

The Liverpool manager said: “Like with all these tendon things, pretty quickly the player is pain free and then it’s all about the muscle. It’s pretty much the same injury as he had before; obviously it’s really not good that he got that again. It didn’t feel a great issue but when you see the pictures you just have to take him out. We are fighting for days, if you want. Is it Brentford [next Saturday], is it the final, or is it after the final? I don’t know at the moment.”

Liverpool suffered another midfield blow when Thiago Alcântara sustained a muscle injury during his brief comeback at Arsenal after 10 months out with a hip problem. Klopp, who has Wataru Endo available again after Japan’s elimination from the Asian Cup, expects the unfortunate Thiago to feature before the end of the season.

Mohamed Salah remains sidelined by the hamstring injury that curtailed his involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations. But Klopp is hopeful his leading goalscorer will be back in training before the Carabao Cup final.

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He said: “Mo is going in the right direction. We hope, but we don’t know, that he can be a part of parts of training next week. He is going through all the paces now and it looks positive. It’s either next week or the week after. If you ask him, it’s next week.”

The Guardian