Liverpool suffer new triple injury blow in Manchester United FA Cup epic

Liverpool suffered yet more injury woe during Sunday’s epic FA Cup clash against Manchester United, manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.

The Reds’ hopes for a stunning quadruple to end the reign of their beloved boss was ended in an Old Trafford classic between the fierce north-west rivals, with Amad Diallo’s last-gasp goal in extra time securing a stunning 4-3 victory for Erik ten Hag’s side and teeing up a semi-final date with Championship side Coventry at Wembley next month.

Scott McTominay had put United ahead early on in the tie, before Alexis Mac Allister and Mohamed Salah both struck in quick succession to put Liverpool ahead 2-1 at half-time.

Antony’s late goal then forced extra time after a last-gasp miss from Marcus Rashford, who later hit back after Harvey Elliott’s deflected strike had put Liverpool back ahead in an absolute thriller at 3-2.

Amad hit a dramatic winner in the final seconds to avoid a penalty shootout before being sent off for a second yellow card shown for taking his shirt off during the ensuing celebrations.

As well as ending Liverpool’s FA Cup bid for this season, such a galling defeat to their fiercest rivals came at a cost with Klopp - who stormed out of a television interview after accusing the reporter of asking a “dumb question” - afterwards confirming three new worrying injury blows for the Reds ahead of the season run-in.

"Now the boys go on international duty, we hope they come back healthy," said Klopp. "Lucho [Luis Diaz] felt his groin, Darwin [Nunez] hamstring. Cody [Gakpo] twisted his ankle. They play again in four or five days, it's crazy.

Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez both suffered knocks as Liverpool lost at Old Trafford (AFP via Getty Images)
Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez both suffered knocks as Liverpool lost at Old Trafford (AFP via Getty Images)

"Hopefully we will finish the season in style. I really feel for our people."

Liverpool have been besieged by injury issues of late, winning the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley last month despite missing a raft of key players.

Klopp will be desperate for the situation to improve following the current international break as his second-placed side look to outlast leaders Arsenal and defending champions Manchester City in a thrilling three-way Premier League title fight, as well as continue to progress in the Europa League with a two-legged quarter-final tie against Italian side Atalanta coming up.

Klopp revealed last week that midfielder Curtis Jones could return for Liverpool’s next game in the top-flight against Brighton on March 31.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Diogo Jota could be back the week after that, with Ibrahima Konate, Alisson Becker and Stefan Bajcetic among the other injured players hoping to return soon.

Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara are longer-term absentees who may both now have played their final games for Liverpool with their respective contracts due to expire in the summer, though the likes of Ryan Gravenberch and youngster Bobby Clark are now fit after knocks.