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Curtis Jones adds to Liverpool injury woes, with Jurgen Klopp hoping calf scan averts worst-case scenario

Curtis Jones, Liverpool Community Shield victory

Curtis Jones has suffered a calf injury and Liverpool hope a scan will rule out a potential four-week lay off at the start of the season.

The 21-year-old suffered the injury last weekend following a cameo appearance off the bench against Manchester City. Liverpool then played Strasbourg last Sunday, but Jones did not feature.

Instead, he wore a protective boot, leading to concerns over his fitness with the new season just round the corner.

And according to The Athletic, Jones has suffered a calf injury, the extent of which still remains unclear.

Liverpool hope he will only miss two weeks, but a scan and an expert take on the situation could extend his absence to four weeks.

Jones is the second midfielder in Jurgen Klopp’s squad to have suffered injury ahead of the new season.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has picked up a “serious hamstring injury” – as Klopp described it – and will miss two to three months.

There are further questions for Klopp to answer in Friday’s pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League opener at Fulham on Saturday.

Curtis Jones one of several Liverpool concerns

Alisson Becker just failed a late fitness test for the Community Shield clash with Man City. He should therefore come back in at Craven Cottage.

Deputy stopper Caoimhin Kelleher is also not 100 per cent and Klopp has questions to answer after a retort from Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny over Klopp’s assessment of the 23-year-old’s problem.

In defence, Klopp will no doubt provide updates on Kostas Tsimikas and Ibrahima Konate on Friday. Konate wrote on Instagram on Thursday evening: “Unfortunately, I have to spend some time off the pitch but it won’t be too long.

“In the meantime, I will be doing my best to come back even stronger and support the boys.”

Further forward, Diogo Jota has a muscle problem and will be out for a while longer yet.

Liverpool still have a wealth of options at their disposal, but they will hope to clear some of those doubts.

Klopp has one task in mind

For Klopp, it is all about finding solutions to his problems – and it is unlikely he will dip into the transfer market again.

He will instead be zoned in on setting up his team to beat Fulham and get three points on the board.

Fulham also have their injury woes, with boss Marco Silva revealing he has only 16 senior players.

Despite Liverpool’s problems, Klopp will fancy his chances of getting the season off to a strong start in London.