Jose Mourinho believes Liverpool do not have an injury crisis
Mourinho does not believe that the injury troubles at Liverpool aren’t in any way affecting their shot at the title. Mourinho went on to name the Liverpool line-up he expects to face tonight.
Mentioning the name of the Reds players, Mourinho exclaimed that all but one of Liverpool’s are fit to play. He mentioned that Alisson, Trent-Alexander Arnold, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Georginio Wijnaldum amongst others are all not injured.
However, he did admit that Liverpool were missing a highly important player in Virgil van Dijk. However, that was the only injury that the ex-Chelsea manager was willing to admit is affecting Liverpool.
“So there are injuries, it’s normal… and every club has injuries. Liverpool has one big injury, which is Van Dijk.”
He contrasted James Milner’s injury to Erik Lamela’s injury and implied that Liverpool are not better off than Spurs when it comes to having players sidelined.
Comparing Liverpool’s situation to Tottenham, Mourinho remarked that both teams have injuries and that it’s “normal”. He even went on to name 10 injuries at his own club, including in Spurs’ youth sides.
But that list included only 3 first-team players; Erik Lamela, Japhet Tanganga, and Gareth Bale. Liverpool, on the other hand, have 9 senior players out but Joel Matip and Naby Keita may return against Spurs. (h/t Liverpool Echo).
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Mourinho is wrong to underplay the situation at Liverpool because we are actually missing important first-team players. Nevertheless, anyone who has followed Mourinho’s career knows he can be really sly with his mind games.