Liverpool's injury list: When will Naby Keita, Ibrahima Konate & Jordan Henderson return to ease Jurgen Klopp's concerns?

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Liverpool currently have a host of first-team players sidelined, but things are finally starting to ease for Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool's injury crisis is finally showing signs of easing. Their squad has been decimated in the early weeks of the season, with performances and results suffering as a consequence.

But with the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Joel Matip and Diogo Jota all returning to action recently, the situation suddenly looks a little brighter for Jurgen Klopp.

That doesn't mean everything is perfect. Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Ibrahima Konate are among those who remain sidelined, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a long-term absentee.

Here’s the latest on Liverpool's missing men…

  1. What is going on with Naby Keita?
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    What is going on with Naby Keita?

    Right, where do you start with this one?

    Keita's situation is about as clear as mud, at the moment. He hasn't been seen since he was an unused substitute for the draw against Crystal Palace in August, suffering what the club (and Klopp) have described as "a muscle injury" in training on the eve of the defeat to Manchester United.

    That's about it as far as official comment goes, but the Guinean's absence from the Reds' squad for the Champions League group stage suggests it will be a while before we see him back in action.

    To add a further layer of intrigue, Keita was selected by Guinea for their forthcoming internationals, although he is expected to withdraw. Add in the speculation over his future late in the transfer window, and the fact that he will be free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with overseas clubs in January, and you have a pretty messy story.

    Expected return date: Unknown at this stage, but looks like October at best.

  2. Any update on Jordan Henderson?
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    Any update on Jordan Henderson?

    Henderson was forced off during the dramatic 2-1 win over Newcastle, with Klopp confirming afterwards that the captain had suffered a hamstring strain.

    A scan confirmed that he would be absent for around three weeks, ruling him out of the opening two Champions League group matches as well as the trip to Chelsea, which may still be postponed in any case.

    Expected return date: Likely to be after the international break. Brighton on October 1 a realistic target.

  3. How is Ibrahima Konate's knee?
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    How is Ibrahima Konate's knee?

    Another freak injury, the French defender suffered a knee problem following a collision in the Reds’ friendly defeat to Strasbourg at the end of July, and is not due back until the end of September.

    Klopp will be praying that Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez remain fit in the meantime, although the return of Joel Matip has eased matters somewhat in the past week.

    Expected return date: Klopp says the Frenchman should be back "in and around" the international break, which begins after the trip to Chelsea on September 18.

  4. How long will Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain be out for?
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    How long will Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain be out for?

    Another player with a chequered injury past, and a habit of picking up problems at the most inopportune moments.

    Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to miss around two months with the hamstring issue suffered against Crystal Palace in Singapore in July.

    If this is to be his last season on Merseyside – his contract expires next summer – then he could not have started it in worse fashion. He, like Keita, has been excluded from the squad for the Champions League group stage.

    Expected return date: Late September at the earliest, more likely to be mid-October.

  5. What's happening with Curtis Jones?
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    What's happening with Curtis Jones?

    Another player beset by injury troubles this season has been home-grown midfielder Jones, who suffered what was described as "a stress reaction" in his leg following the FA Community Shield in July.

    He returned to the bench for the win over Newcastle, but has since been laid low again, missing the Merseyside derby and the defeat in Naples.

    Expected return date: Nothing definite. Liverpool are concerned and will take no risks.

  6. Any news on Calvin Ramsay?
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    Any news on Calvin Ramsay?

    We haven’t yet seen the new £4.5 million ($5.4m) signing from Aberdeen yet, after a pre-season testing session flagged up a previously undetected issue with his back.

    Ramsay is yet to train fully with his new team-mates, but travelled with them to their Austrian camp and is understood to be close to a return to action. His initial outings may well be with the Under-21s, though.

    Expected return date: Should be back in full training by the time September is over.

  7. How about Kaide Gordon?
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    How about Kaide Gordon?

    The talented teenager is another who is yet to feature in this pre-season with an as-yet-unspecified problem. He posted a picture of himself doing rehab at Kirkby recently, suggesting he is edging closer to a return.

    Gordon, like Ramsay, will likely be given time with the U21s as he builds up his fitness. 

    Expected return date: Unclear.