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Liverpool dealt injury boost just hours before Southampton FA Cup clash

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Liverpool could have 12 absentees for Wednesday’s FA Cup clash with Southampton.

Liverpool star Wataru Endo is reportedly expected to be fit for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Nottingham Forest in a major boost to Jurgen Klopp. Endo was seen leaving Wembley on crutches after the Reds’ Carabao Cup final triumph over Chelsea on Sunday.

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Klopp has increasing concerns over a growing injury list as Liverpool continue their Premier League title push. The German’s side remain top of the league but a series of absences are threatening to derail their league campaign.

Liverpool had 10 players missing for the Carabao Cup final, emphasising their remarkable success against the Blues. Endo was subsequently seen leaving on crutches while Ryan Gravenberch was carried off on a stretcher in the first half.

Images of Endo requiring aid to leave the stadium would have been concerning to Liverpool. The Japan international’s injury could leave Klopp with up to 13 players sidelined for Wednesday’s FA Cup clash with Southampton.

However, the Daily Mail claims that the midfielder’s problem is not too serious and that Liverpool expect him to be fit for Saturday’s visit to Forest.

Endo was sensational at the base of Liverpool’s midfield against Chelsea. Klopp labelled the 31-year-old a ‘machine’ and expects the former Stuttgart star to play at the elite level long into his 30s.

“I’m pretty sure in three [or] four years Wataru will sign another long-term contract at Liverpool just because he might be 30 or 31 on his passport but he’s not. He’s a machine,” Klopp said on Sunday.

“He is, footballing-wise, exceptional. His defensive brain is outstanding. He gives us a lot of freedom for a lot of things. Yeah, top development. Very helpful, very helpful.”

Klopp has since revealed that he was happy to miss out on several high-profile targets as it led to Liverpool acquiring the little-known Endo for around £15million. “This summer we had a few strange things happen in the transfer market, but my god we were lucky,” the 56-year-old said on Tuesday.

“We didn’t know it in that moment, I’m really happy it worked out like that. We obviously realised that other central defensive midfielders don’t want to join Liverpool. You see what happens, and then we found Endo.”

Klopp is expected to use Liverpool’s young players against Southampton. The Liverpool boss turned to the academy stars for fresh legs in the closing stages of the victory over Chelsea. They could be given another chance to prove themselves with Klopp wanting to rest his key men to prevent further injuries.

 

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