Salah, Szoboszlai, Tsimikas: Liverpool injury list and return dates ahead of Burnley clash

The latest fitness and availability updates for Liverpool ahead of their clash with Burnley.
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Liverpool will need to put their disappointing defeat to Arsenal behind them and focus on pushing for three points against Burnley this weekend. The Reds will host the Clarets at Anfield on Saturday as one of the 3pm kick-offs.

They will also be hoping their neighbours and rivals Everton will do them a favour when they arrive at the Etihad to face Manchester City. Pep Guardiola's side will have the chance to leapfrog Liverpool later this month when they play their game in-hand, so the Reds are counting on City dropping points anywhere possible.

Jurgen Klopp's side beat Burnley 2-0 in December and will be hoping for another positive outcome this weekend. Liverpool are missing some key players due to injury and ineligibility though, but Wataru Endō has returned to the club following Japan's quarter-final exit from the Asian Cup.

Joël Matip (knee)

One of the toughest blows this season saw Joël Matip potentially play his final game for Liverpool. The centre-back is completely out of contention while he recovers from an ACL injury and will not be fit to return this season. With his contract due to expire this summer, Matip may not get to play for the Reds again but recent reports have suggested the idea of short-term extension has been floated to honour his long-standing service to the club.

Kostas Tsimikas (collarbone)

Andy Robertson is back from his lengthy injury and now deputy Kostas Tsimikas is believed to be 'close' behind him. The left-back injured his collarbone back in December and Klopp confirmed it was 'definitely broken' but the hope in camp was that it would not force an end to his season.

The latest update on Tsimikas' fitness is that he is 'waiting for the green light' after recently returning to first team training.

Stefan Bajcetic (adductor)

There is still no estimated return date for promising youngster Stefan Bajcetic. Last month, Klopp said he was hopeful the 19-year-old would return to training in February but very little else has been discussed regarding his fitness.

In December, Klopp said: "He could train today fully and tomorrow as well and then not for four or five weeks, it’s a medical decision. It’s not by the boy, it’s by me, it’s just that’s how you have to do it if something like this happens."

Dominik Szoboszlai (hamstring)

Summer signing Dominik Szoboszlai recently missed the clash against Bournemouth with hamstring troubles but returned to action in the following match against Chelsea and bagged himself a goal. However, the midfielder was not included in the squad to face Arsenal as he has felt pain in the same area as before, Klopp confirmed.

The boss has also stressed they 'cannot take any risk' with Szoboszlai and they are waiting on further assessment. A further report from Hungary has suggest the 23-year-old could be out for longer than expected, perhaps up to 'three to four weeks'.

Mohamed Salah (hamstring)

It was enough of a blow being without Mohamed Salah during his AFCON duties but the winger is now on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury with Egypt. Klopp's latest update provided good news that the injury 'could have been much worse' but no return date has even been hinted at yet.

"He is injured, I'm not sure if that was a misunderstanding in the beginning. He is injured and a muscle injury takes time," the boss said.

Conor Bradley (personal reasons)

Rapidly rising star Conor Bradley has seriously impressed while filling in for Trent Alexander-Arnold but the young right-back has been ruled out of squad contention following the tragic passing of his father.

Bradley was not named in the squad to face Arsenal last Sunday and Klopp recently confirmed that he told the 20-year-old to takes 'as much time as he needs' to be with his family during this difficult time. Naturally, there is no expected return date for Bradley right now.

Ibrahima Konaté (suspended)

If Joe Gomez continues to slot into the left-back role against Burnley this weekend, Jarell Quansah may be given the nod to start alongside Virgil van Dijk again. With Matip out for the season, Liverpool are back to having limited options in defence as Ibrahima Konaté will be unavailable.

The Frenchman was given his marching orders after picking up two yellow cards against Arsenal and will not be eligible for selection against Burnley due to his suspension.