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Liverpool: Luis Diaz expected to be sidelined until after World Cup after sustaining knee injury against Arsenal

Diaz was forced off 42 minutes into Liverpool's 3-2 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday; 25-year-old Colombia forward will not require surgery, but expected to be out of action until the Premier League returns following the Qatar World Cup; Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip out for two weeks

Image: Luis Diaz sustained the injury during Liverpool's loss at Arsenal on Sunday

Liverpool’s Luis Diaz is expected to be out until after the World Cup following the knee injury he sustained in the 3-2 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.

However, the 25-year-old underwent a scan after the match, which has revealed no surgery will be necessary.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip are also out for two weeks after picking up injuries against Arsenal, meaning the trio will miss Sunday's match against Manchester City at Anfield - live on Sky Sports.

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Diaz had offered a real threat throughout the first half at the Emirates and he assisted Darwin Nunez, who scored Liverpool's first equaliser.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was on target for Liverpool against Rangers
Image: Trent Alexander-Arnold was on target for Liverpool against Rangers

He lasted just 42 minutes, though, before being substituted for Roberto Firmino, who went on to score the second equaliser, with Jurgen Klopp admitting the injury was "not good" after the full-time whistle.

The Liverpool games Diaz will miss

  • Rangers (A) - October 12
  • Manchester City (H) - October 16
  • West Ham (H) - October 19
  • Nottingham Forest (A) - October 22
  • Ajax (A) - October 26
  • Leeds (H) - October 29
  • Napoli (H) - November 1
  • Tottenham (A) - November 6
  • Derby (H) - November 9
  • Southampton (H) - November 12

Alexander-Arnold was later taken off with an ankle injury sustained after he was caught by Gabriel Martinelli as the Arsenal forward delivered a cross from the left-hand side of the box.

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We have been here before with Liverpool, two seasons ago in fact when having just ended their 30-year wait for the title, their form collapsed after suffering a run of untimely defensive injuries that then impacted on other areas of the team.

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In the 2020-21 campaign, Klopp's side looked a shadow of themselves, even losing six straight top-flight home games at one point as they were unable to implement his gegenpressing ideas with his midfield players having to be utilised as makeshift centre backs instead.

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This season has seen a similar run of injuries affecting all areas of the team, meaning Klopp has been unable to rotate - including using the new five substitutes rule he was championing for so long - as much as would have liked.

This has then led to more players in the physio room, with Luis Diaz and Alexander-Arnold both forced off with serious injuries at the Emirates, while new loanee Arthur Melo has now being sidelined for three months after recently tearing his quad in training.

As a result, Klopp has not always been able to give out-of-form players such as Alexander-Arnold a much-needed rest away from the public gaze, with so few options to take their place in the team. When he has opted to do so, as with Fabinho, due to a lack of fit replacements he has been forced to call upon 36-year-old James Milner."

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