Manager Jurgen Klopp stated that Liverpool will cover defender Joe Gomez with cotton wool and hope the player does not add to the team’s mounting injury problem.
With first-choice defender Andy Robertson out with a shoulder injury, Liverpool’s Kostas Tsimikas suffered a broken collarbone in their 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Saturday, leaving the Merseyside team shorthanded at left-back.
Gomez is a right-footed player who will probably cover for Robertson at left-back till he gets back.
“It is for us tough, it’s tough. You have injuries sometimes and we accept all of them, but a broken collarbone is bad because it just takes (so) long,” Klopp told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s clash against Burnley at Turf Moor.
“Same what Robbo (Robertson) had, a different injury but that takes long as well, how we all know.
“We all know we need luck in these moments to get through and now we will have Joey (Gomez) there and just have to make sure we put him in cotton wool and we have to make sure he is always ready for the games.”
The 19th-place Burnley team, who defeated Fulham 2-0 in their most recent league game to climb off the bottom of the table, will take on second-place Liverpool in the rankings next.
According to Klopp, Burnley is stronger than their record suggests.
“I have watched quite a few Burnley games and I am pretty impressed by what they are doing – and on Saturday they got then the reward,” he said.
“We all know if you win once and you have a chance to play in three days again then you will want to win again and that’s exactly what we expect – and a pretty good atmosphere as well. We better be, and will be, ready.”