Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could be without up to five first-team players when they go away to Aston Villa on Sunday.

The Premier League champions will be looking to bounce back from their Carabao Cup defeat against Arsenal on Thursday, having been dumped out of the competition by Mikel Arteta’s side on penalties.

They have enjoyed a 100 per cent start to their title defence, nonetheless, and will be expected to make it four wins from four in Sunday’s clash with Villa.

Nevertheless, Klopp is currently sweating over the fitness of five Liverpool stars ahead of their trip to the Midlands.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could be without up to five first-team players when they go away to Aston Villa on Sunday

Thiago Alcantara (Covid-19)

New £20million recruit Thiago hit the ground running on his debut against Chelsea pm September 20, only to test positive for coronavirus a week later.

The Spain midfielder was expected to get the nod in Monday’s showdown with Arsenal, but club doctor Dr Jim Moxon confirmed he would be undergoing a period of self-isolation on Tuesday.

Should his recovery go smoothly, Thiago is likely to return after next week’s international break.

Thiago Alcantara is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19
Thiago Alcantara is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19

Jordan Henderson (Thigh injury)

The Liverpool captain was taken off at half-time during the win over Chelsea with a thigh problem and missed both of this week’s fixtures against Arsenal.

Speaking ahead of the Carabao Cup tie, Klopp’s assistant Pep Ljinders revealed Henderson’s fitness would be assessed before this weekend’s trip to Villa.

Ljinders said: “Jordan, we will re-evaluate on Friday after this game to see if he can be ready for Aston Villa.”

Reds captain Jordan Henderson faces a late fitness test after being taken off away at Chelsea last month with a thigh injury
Reds captain Jordan Henderson faces a late fitness test after being taken off away at Chelsea last month with a thigh injury

Joel Matip (Muscular injury)

Matip is yet to make an appearance for the Reds this term and is unlikely to make his return to the side away at Villa on Sunday.

However, Klopp revealed he should be back in time for their Merseyside derby meeting with Everton on October 17.

He said: “We don't have too many choices right now in defence. Joel will be back after the international break which is really good, then we have the full orchestra again.”

Joel Matip is still out with a muscular problem but is in line to return after the international break

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Knee injury)

After picking up a knee problem in pre-season, Oxlade-Chamberlain is also yet to appear for Liverpool in the 2020/21 campaign.

The club have confirmed that he will not be rushed back into first-team action, despite making good progress in his recovery from the injury.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will not be rushed back into action after sustaining a knee injury in pre-season
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will not be rushed back into action after sustaining a knee injury in pre-season

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Kostas Tsimikas (Thigh injury)

The £11.75million left-back impressed on his debut against Lincoln last summer, but afterwards it was discovered that he had suffered a muscular injury.

As a result, he has been kept on the sidelines in both of this week’s matches against Arsenal and will also miss Sunday’s trip to Villa. He is also expected to return after the international break, though, in another positive update for Klopp.