Reds midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has been ruled out of Liverpool’s FIFA Club World Cup semi-final against Monterrey on Wednesday, according to Sky Sports.
Wijnaldum suffered a hamstring injury during Liverpool’s 2-0 Premier League victory against Watford on the weekend.
The midfielder has still travelled to Qatar with his teammates, where he will recover for the time being.
In other news, Dejan Lovren and Rhian Brewster have both been replaced in Jurgen Klopp’s squad in Qatar. Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp van den Berg are expected to replace the two after the Carabao Cup clash against Aston Villa tonight.
The injury to Wijnaldum is hardly ideal for Klopp. He already has injuries to senior players such as Joel Matip, Fabinho and Lovren to deal with.
It is not clear how long Wijnaldum will be out for, meaning he may not participate in Qatar at all.
However, Liverpool do have depth throughout the midfield, which ultimately means the team should be able to cover the loss of the Dutchman.
Naby Keita has hit some form in recent weeks, which makes this the perfect time for him to become a regular in Klopp’s starting XI.
Freelance sports journalist and Red from Melbourne.