Ahead of Tottenham’s top-of-the-table showdown, Jose Mourinho challenges the gravity of Liverpool’s injury list. But Mourinho maintained that there was no effect on Liverpool’s best squad and Van Dijk was their only major absentee.
He said, “I don’t think Alisson is injured. Alexander-Arnold is not injured. I think Matip is going to play. Fabinho is not injured. Roberton is not injured. Henderson is not injured. Wijnaldum is not injured. Salah is not injured, Firmino is not injured, Mane is not injured. Salah is not injured, Firmino is not injured, Mane is not injured.
Van Dijk is injured and of course, Van Dijk is a really good player. But give me the list of injuries in Liverpool and compare that list with the best team in Liverpool.
In Tottenham, I will send you a list of 10 injuries. We have two children under the age of 16 with injuries, two others under the age of 21, and two under the age of 23, Lamela and Tanganga. And here is a 10-player list.
But is Lloris wounded? No. Wounded by Alderweireld? No. Wounded by Dier? No. Wounded by Reguilon, no? Wounded by Harry Kane? No. Wounded by Son? No. Wounded by Lucas? No. So where are the wounds? No.
“The injuries are common. James Milner is wounded and Lamela is wounded. You already remember. Now and then every club has injuries. Liverpool sustained a major injury that Van Dijk is.”
After 11 unbeaten games since the opening day of the season, the Spurs head to Anfield at the top of the Premier League.
Mourinho says the remarkable results of his side have occurred over too short a period for that to be true and they are still behind Liverpool in their progress.
The Portuguese said, “Jurgen says that because if you look to our results this season, we lost one in the Premier League and we lost one in the Europa League so our results are very positive,”
But I think it’s too early, and it takes a few months for a cycle of good results and of course, a results machine is far more than that.
A result machine is what has been Liverpool for the past couple of years, a result machine was what was my Chelsea in the two consecutive titles we won.”