Jurgen Klopp has provided a full team news and injury update ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Wolves at Anfield on Sunday night.
The Reds boss has been dealing with a long injury list this season and was without a number of important first-team players for Tuesday night’s 1-0 victory over Ajax in the Champions League group stages.
Let’s start with the good news and Klopp has confirmed this afternoon that Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita have returned to full training today and could be back in contention to face Wolves this weekend.
Alexander-Arnold has been missing for the past month due to a calf issue while Keita has been struggling with a hip problem lately but the duo will be hoping to return to action on Sunday night.
However, Liverpool still lack several players for Wolves’ visit as Klopp says none of his other absentees will be fit for the game which means goalkeeper Alisson Becker stays out with an injury to his hip that kept him out of the Ajax game in midweek.
James Milner is also on the sideline with a hip issue while Thiago Alcantara struggles to overcome a knee injury he suffered against Everton back in October and Xherdan Shaqiri is out with a muscle problem.
Obviously Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez will not play any time soon as they continue their rehabilitation following surgery and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is not ready to return yet – though Klopp says the midfielder is get closer to full fitness.
The Reds boss said Liverpoolfc.com:
“I don’t know yet, we’ll see. Trent and Naby will be making the first steps in team coaching today; whatever we can do with that depends on how it looks.
“There are some niggles after the match against Ajax and we have to see how they react. So far, they have done little other than treatment and things like this. We have to see how that develops [but] I do not know at the moment.
“There is a chance that Naby and Trent could be in the squad, I would say. If they can play, I don’t know. If they are in the squad then they can play, but if they can start or play 90 minutes, I don’t know. I think there is a chance they are in the squad, yes.
“Apart from Naby and Trent, no one is coming back, no.”
“Ox looks very promising, it does a lot of things. He’s warming up with the team now, some ball work, a lot of stuff, but we’ll develop that now over the next few days.
“Then we’ll see from what moment it makes sense to throw it in. It’s not too far away. ”
Andy Robertson appeared to be uphill against Ajax while Jordan Henderson played the full ninety minutes after returning to the starting eleven following a muscle injury so Liverpool will undoubtedly assess the duo over the days next.
Liverpool are entering the weekend’s sitting level on points with Tottenham at the top of the table so they will look to keep the pressure on their rivals with a win over Wolves on Sunday night.