The manager of Tottenham Hotspur Jose Mourinho believes that Liverpool football club does not have a problem with injury contrary to widespread reports. The reigning Premier League champions are seen as the worst-hit club in the league in terms of injuries.
However, the Portuguese tactician believes that the only big injury worry that Liverpool have going into Wednesday’s Premier League match against Tottenham is Virgil van Dijk.
The Netherlands international has been out with a knee injury since October 4. He sustained the injury during a Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton which was played on October 17, 2020.
Contrary to Jose Mourinho’s submission on Tuesday during a pre-match press conference, Liverpool are bedeviled with injuries mostly involving the club’s first-team players. Some of them include Joe Gomez, Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcantara, and of course, Van Dijk. Joel Matip is still battling to regain full fitness and might start from the bench against Tottenham on Wednesday.
Despite the injury woes Liverpool’s coach Jurgen Klopp is dealing with, Mourinho stressed that it is not only Liverpool that are struggling with injuries in the Premier League. He insisted that Tottenham also have their injury worries.
The Portuguese tactician did not stop there, he went further to stress that most of those who are said to be injured at Liverpool might end up playing for the reigning Premier League champions at Anfield Stadium on Wednesday.
He said: “I think Alisson is not injured. [Trent] Alexander-Arnold is not injured. Matip, I believe that he is going to play. Fabinho is not injured. [Andrew] Robertson is not injured. [Jordan] Henderson is not injured. [Georginio] Wijnaldum is not injured. [Mohamed] Salah is not injured. [Roberto] Firmino is not injured. [Sadio] Mane is not injured. Van Dijk is injured, and Van Dijk is a very good player, of course.
“But give me Liverpool’s list of injuries and compare that list of injuries with what is the best Liverpool team.
“I can give you a list of injuries at Tottenham. We have two kids of the under-16s with injuries, we have two others in the under-21s and we have three in the under-23s. We have [Erik] Lamela and [Japhet] Tanganga, and here you have a list of players.
“But is [Hugo] Lloris injured? No. [Toby] Alderweireld injured? No. [Eric] Dier injured? No. [Sergio] Reguilon injured? No. Harry Kane injured? No. [Heung-Min] Son injured? No. Lucas [Moura] injured? No.
“So where are the injuries? There are normal injuries, it’s normal. James Milner is injured, Lamela is injured, and every club now and again has injuries. Liverpool has a big injury, which is Van Dijk.”
Liverpool vs Tottenham league match will go a long way to determine the club that will go into the weekend as the league table leaders. It will kick-off at 21:00.
Tottenham are going into the league game as the joint table-toppers alongside their Wednesday’s opponent, Liverpool. They both have 25 points each after 12 league matches.
The two teams have won 7 league games, drawn 4 matches, and suffered a defeat each so far this season.