Liverpool have received another massive blow on the injury front, with Jordon Ibe ruled out for their clash against Exeter City with yet another hamstring injury. The latest setback has taken the Reds' total injury count to 13 for the season, more than any other team in the division.
The Liverpool Echo reports that Ibe was complaining of discomfort following his match-winning performance in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup at the Britannia and will be assessed for the extent of his injury. However, club officials are confident that the injury is not one for the long term and the player could be available in time for their crucial Premier League clashes against Arsenal and Manchester United next week.
This is Liverpool's seventh hamstring setback under Jurgen Klopp, who has been criticised for his training methods by Sam Allardyce, which lead to the players exerting themselves beyond their rate of recovery. Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Jordan Rossiter and Martin Skrtel are the other players who are still nursing a hamstring strain while the likes of Kolo Toure (cramp), Mamadou Sakho (knee), Jordan Henderson (heel), Danny Ings (knee) and Joe Gomez (knee) are also facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Liverpool are currently on 30 points, six points behind Tottenham Hotspur in fourth and 12 points adrift of league leaders Arsenal. Klopp has to address his side's injury problems if he has to make designs on finishing in the top four and is ready to field a completely changed side for their trip to Exeter, in a bid to keep the players fit for Arsenal in midweek.
The Reds do not have a fit central defender in their ranks with Tiago Ilori being brought back from Aston Villa to deputise in that position alongside Toure, who is likely to recover from cramps ahead of Arsenal. Midfielder Lucas Leiva has been deployed in defence off late, owing to the lack of personnel available.