Spurs boss Mourinho labels Liverpool injury list as ‘normal’

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says it is “normal” to have an injury list like Liverpool ahead of their clash on Wednesday.

The Reds have suffered major injuries in the form of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, with Diogo Jota – who could be missing for up to six weeks – the latest setback.

There have also been smaller injuries to the likes of Alisson, Fabinho, Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold, James Milner, Xherdan Shaqiri and others during the early months of the season.

However, Mourinho thinks it is comparable to most clubs who have injury issues on a weekly basis.

Mourinho told reporters at a pre-match press conference: “Allison is not injured. Alexander-Arnold is not injured, Matip, I believe that he’s going to play. Fabinho is not injured. Robertson is not injured. Henderson is not injured. Wijnaldum is not injured. Salah is not injured. Firmino is not injured. Mane is not injured.

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“Van Dijk is injured and he is a very good player of course, but give me Liverpool’s list of injuries and compare with a list of Liverpool’s best team.

“I can give you a list of 10 injuries at Tottenham.

“It’s normal, injuries are normal. Every club has injuries now and then. Liverpool have a big injury which is Van Dijk.”

On his own injury worries, Mourinho confirmed that Gareth Bale is unlikely to be fit for the match against Liverpool.

Mourinho added: “We still have a training session this afternoon, yesterday he trained inside, not even outside. At this moment I would say no.”

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