9 Nov 2015

Bad News: After Sakho, another Liverpool injury as 'amazing' attacker undergoes 'scan' for 'muscular' issue

Liverpool's injury crisis is seemingly neverending, and Jordon Ibe is the latest player to join the Reds' ever-expanding injury list.

James Milner missed Sunday's defeat to Crystal Palace with a hamstring injury, and Mamadou Sakho had to go off with a serious-looking knee problem.

Those two join Ings, Gomez, Sturridge, Henderson, Flanagan, Rossiter, and Toure on the injury list, and according to the Daily Mail today:

"Gareth Southgate is sweating on the fitness of Jordon Ibe ahead of England’s crucial trip to Bosnia. Ibe is being assessed on Merseyside for a muscular problem and [has] undergone a scan"

Speaking to reporters today, Southgate delivered the following update:

"Jordon is being assessed by [Liverpool] and we are waiting for the outcome. He went off towards the end of the game yesterday...but until we get the result of the scan it's impossible to say".

Liverpool's players are dropping like flies at the moment, but so far, Jurgen Klopp has refused to use the situation as an excuse, and I doubt he'll change that policy now.

Ibe has improved under Klopp, and put in another decent performance against Crystal Palace, but if he ends up being injured for a few weeks, then the team should be able to handle his absence.

Even with all the other injuries, Liverpool shouldn't be reliant on a 19-year old, and there are plenty of other attacking youngsters in the academy who are bursting for a chance in the first team.

That said, due to Brendan Rodgers' transfer negligence, Ibe - irresponsibly hailed by Thierry Henry as 'amazing' - is the only dedicated winger in the first-team squad, and without him, the team lacks width. There are solutions to consider, though:

* Recall Ojo, Kent, or Canos from their loan spells, and promote them to the first team. All three are wide players, and after their experiences on loan, they're further along the road to being ready for first-team football.

* Use Alberto Moreno as a winger. The Spaniard has good attacking instincts, and if Ibe ends up being injured for a lengthy period of time, then he's a good stop-gap option.

* Firmino is also an option on the left, a position he regularly played in for Hoffenheim (12 goals/assists in 35 games as a winger).

One thing's for sure: the need for experienced attackers capable of providing genuine width is becoming increasingly acute, and anyone who visits this site regularly knows exactly what I'm going to say next:

Sign Andriy Yarmolenko ASAP (17 goals/assists in 18 games so far this season).

Author: Jaimie K


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