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Jurgen Klopp confirms injury extent of £60m-rated midfielder

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Dominik Szoboszlai was one of the three players about to get subbed off in the 65th minute of last week’s Liverpool vs Newcastle fixture. However, the substitution was scheduled for a minute too late. In the ‘final situation’ before coming off, the Hungary captain felt an injury to his hamstring.

Liverpool organised a scan to assess the injury. Furthermore, in his pre-Arsenal press conference on Thursday, Klopp revealed that Szoboszlai would miss at least the next two games.

Liverpool manager confirms Szoboszlai injury not so serious

In the same press conference before the Arsenal game, Klopp told the reporters: “I can confirm it’s not a potential injury, it is an injury. Muscle, hamstring.”

He further said: “Dom is very positive, doesn’t have a lot of pain, but we have to wait a little bit. So no chance obviously for Sunday, and not for Wednesday, then we will see after that. Hopefully he might be back, but we don’t know. Besides that, nothing else really happened. The rest were available yesterday and fully fit. We will have to make a choice.”

The midfielder had an injury coming

It should perhaps come as no surprise that Szoboszlai suffered a muscle problem on the turn of the year. He has been playing almost every week, amassing 1840 minutes already this season. Only Mo Salah (2045 minutes) has played more for Liverpool this season than Szoboszlai. This has come after a campaign at RB Leipzig that saw him clock more than 3,000 minutes on the pitch for the first time in five seasons.

Liverpool had taken measures to avoid issues in recent weeks, but during the Reds’ busy run of nine games from the start of December to the win over Newcastle, their No. 8 started seven times.

Liverpool will hope that any layoff is neither too long or too costly, with Szoboszlai among those considered able to fill in for Salah during his time at the Africa Cup of Nations.

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