Jurgen Klopp provides James Milner update after latest Liverpool injury setback

Thiago came on to replace Milner after 16 minutes (Picture: Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed James Milner was forced off with a hamstring injury during Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Leicester City.

Milner started the game at the King Power Stadium but was forced off after just 16 minutes with Thiago Alcantara brought on to replace him.  

Speaking post-match, Klopp explained he and Milner did not want to risk further aggravating the knock but the 35-year-old could now be facing a spell on the sidelines.

Asked about Milner’s issue, Klopp told the BBC: ‘Hamstring, I think. That’s what he said.

‘He felt only a little bit but he didn’t want to take the risk, we didn’t want to take the risk, so we took him off.

‘We’ll see how it develops, but yeah, hamstring.’

Liverpool continue to be beset with injuries (Picture: Getty Images)

Liverpool were hampered by two further injuries ahead of kick-off. Divock Origi was ruled out in the build-up, also due to a hamstring issue, with January signing Ben Davies picking up a ‘little knock’, according to Klopp, that left him unavailable.

Liverpool were also without Fabinho with Jordan Henderson and Ozan Kabak filling in at centre-half with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all long-term absentees.

Naby Keita and Diogo Jota also remain absent.

Liverpool took the lead through Mohamed Salah midway through the second-half but a seven-minute capitulation saw them concede three times with goalkeeper Alisson Becker involved in another calamitous moment.

They remain fourth in the Premier League table – but could drop down to seventh by Monday night if results go against them.

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