Liverpool will be without five key first-team players for their upcoming Premier League match against Brighton & Hove Albion due to suspensions and injuries. The news comes as Curtis Jones lost his appeal against the red card he received during Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
Jones was initially shown a yellow card for a challenge on Yves Bissouma but had it upgraded to a red after VAR intervention in the 26th minute of the match. Despite Liverpool’s appeal, the decision was upheld, and Jones will now serve a three-match ban in the Premier League. While he may feature in the Europa League match against Union Saint-Gilloise, he will be unavailable for the Brighton game on Sunday.
Joining Jones on the sidelines is Diogo Jota, who was also sent off in the match against Spurs. Jota received two yellow cards within minutes, leaving Liverpool with nine men on the field. He will serve a one-match suspension and will be eligible to return for the Merseyside Derby on October 21.
These two suspensions pose a significant challenge for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who is already dealing with injury concerns. Cody Gakpo, who scored a goal in the match against Tottenham, sustained an injury just before the goal and was substituted at halftime. Klopp expressed his disappointment at losing Gakpo and mentioned that the extent of the injury is still uncertain.
In addition to the suspensions, Liverpool will be without Stefan Bajcetic and Thiago Alcantara due to injuries. Bajcetic recently returned from a long-term injury but has now suffered a minor calf problem. Liverpool is being cautious not to worsen his condition. Thiago, on the other hand, continues to recover from a long-term hip problem that has kept him out for the entire season thus far.
The absence of these five players presents a challenge for Liverpool as they aim to maintain their competitive form in the Premier League. Klopp will need to assess his available options and make necessary adjustments to ensure a strong performance against Brighton.