Liverpool have Virgil van Dijk available again for the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Fulham, but will be forced into a change at right-back.
The Reds will be missing Trent Alexander-Arnold for the 8pm GMT kick-off, however, with the No.66 set to be sidelined for ‘a few weeks’ as a result of a knee injury suffered at Arsenal on Sunday.
“Trent hyperextended his knee during the last game,” said Lijnders. “So he has a little tear in the lateral ligament of his knee and he will need time to recover. He had a scan and he will be out for a few weeks, so let’s see after that.”
Also absent due to fitness issues will be Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic, Ben Doak, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson, Dominik Szoboszlai and Kostas Tsimikas, while Wataru Endo and Mohamed Salah are away on international duty with Japan and Egypt respectively.
Caoimhin Kelleher’s status as ongoing first-choice goalkeeper in the Carabao Cup was confirmed by Lijnders ahead of the game.
On the possibility of rotation versus Marco Silva’s men, the Dutchman added: “It’s not the same [as previous rounds] because we played two days ago away at Arsenal, so that’s one.
“We come from a crazy schedule in December, so we really have to see who’s ready, who can go and who is fit to go. We are really happy that we play a semi-final in January, we wanted this. So we go full in.”
An appearance for Joe Gomez in this fixture would bring up the milestone of 200 Liverpool appearances for the defender.https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/liverpool-v-fulham-carabao-cup-team-news
Bjg game, lets do this, and get it over in the 1st leg.