By Editor Wayne Veysey
Liverpool have a staggering 12 players on the casualty list in the wake of their League Cup win over Stoke on Tuesday night.
Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren both pulled up with hamstring injuries in the first half of of the first leg of the team’s semi-final clash against Stoke, which the Merseysiders won 1-0.
Recalled Kolo Toure then became the third Liverpool player on the night to suffer a hamstring injury in the closing minutes of the clash.
Astonishingly, of the 12 Liverpool players now receiving treatment for injuries, seven are suffering with hamstring injuries.
Even though James Milner reduced the injury list when he returned as a first-half substitute for Lovren following a shin injury, there is now more than a whole team of players out of action.
They joins a treatment room that already includes Martin Skrtel, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Jordan Rossiter (hamstring), Jordan Henderson (foot), Mamadou Sakho as well as long-term absentees Danny Ings, Joe Gomez and Jon Flanagan (knee).
The length of the Liverpool injury list will be a huge concern to manager Jurgen Klopp, as all of the players bar rookie Rossiter would be expected to compete for a place in the 18-man matchday squad.
The Merseysiders are in action again on Friday when they face Exeter away in the third round of the FA Cup.