Liverpool Football Club have been dealt a blow after their centre-back Ibrahima Konate suffered a thigh injury which has kept him out of action for three weeks. This comes at a difficult time for manager Jurgen Klopp, as defender Virgil van Dyck is also expected to be out for at least two weeks with a similar injury. Konate picked up the injury during Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton in the FA Cup. British news agency BA Media has reported that Konate is likely to miss matches against Wolverhampton, Everton and Newcastle, and there are doubts about whether he will be available in time for the match against Real Madrid on 21 February in the Champions League.
In anticipation of a potential departure of defender Nathaniel Phillips, Liverpool recalled 21-year-old centre-back Reese Williams from a loan spell at Blackpool. Phillips, 25, has only featured in five games this season and despite the club’s reluctance to part ways with him, his name has been linked with a move due to interest from various clubs. However, Konate’s injury has made Phillips’ departure unlikely, as Klopp’s options in central defense will be limited to Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
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