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‘A proper smash in the face’ Jurgen Klopp reveals Luis Diaz injury timeframe

The Reds are expected to be without the Colombian for some time.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Luis Diaz’s latest injury has come as ‘a proper smash in the face’ after it emerged that the Colombian winger will be out for a further three months.

Diaz has been sidelined since October after limping off with a knee injury in the first half of Liverpool’s 3-2 defeat to Arsenal, but had been stepping up his return to first-team football and was back in training with the Reds over the World Cup.

However, he picked up another knock in training, with Colombian news sources claiming that he had suffered lateral collateral ligament and required surgery as a result, something that would leave him sidelined for much of the remainder of the season.

And Jurgen Klopp since confirmed that news, admitting that it came about as a result of a ‘non-situation’ in training, that will leave Liverpool without a key man as they look to recover from a poor start to the season.

“It was a non-situation in training, honestly — nothing, [but he] felt something”, the Reds boss explained. [He] didn’t feel a lot next day but we wanted to be really cautious and said, ‘OK, come on, let’s have a look.’

“Yeah, then the news came and it was a proper smash in the face. But that’s it now.”

With Mo Salah, Andy Robertson, Thiago and Joel Matip all missing the World Cup, and the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Fabinho seeing limited action, they will be hoping that they will be able to turn it around in the second half of the season, but with Diogo Jota also sidelined until February, Diaz’s injury will come as a massive blow.


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Ben Browning

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