Meanwhile, marquee September signings Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota have both encountered knee problems.

Thiago returned at the turn of the year, but Jota has only recently come back to training. Indeed, the Portuguese’s absence has proved a big issue, following the nine goals he scored in his first 17 games.

Alisson allowed to travel back to Brazil

Alisson Becker West Ham v Liverpool January 2020

But as well as on-field issues, Liverpool have suffered from personal heartache this season.

Klopp’s mother passed away earlier in the year and goalkeeper Alisson Becker’s father was found dead this week after drowning.

Like Klopp, the Brazilian cannot attend the funeral, but the club will not stand in his way if he wants to be with his family.

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