Liverpool Boss Confirms Huge Injury Boost + Updates On Coutinho/Lallana/Clyne
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed a huge injury boost with Sadio Mane back in contention but Philippe Coutinho has been ruled out of the West Ham trip
Liverpool will be looking to close in on the top four with a positive result when they take on West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday evening.
Ahead of the game, Jurgen Klopp has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he’s provided a team news and injury update.
The Reds boss was pleased to confirm a huge boost with the news that Sadio Mane is back in contention after making a swift recovery from a hamstring injury.
Mane has been out since suffering the problem during the last international break and was initially expected to be out for at least six weeks but the attacker was able to return to full training yesterday.
Klopp says the 25-year-old looked sharp and while he isn’t ready to start against West Ham, he suggests Mane could be able to play the final 20-25 minutes so it looks like he’ll be named on the bench.
However, while Mane is available again, Klopp also revealed that Philippe Coutinho has been ruled out of action this weekend after failing to recover from an adductor injury that kept him out of the wins over Huddersfield and Maribor.
The Reds boss also confirmed that Adam Lallana won’t be available tomorrow as he’s not due to resume training until next week having recovered from a long-term thigh injury.
Dejan Lovren is facing a late fitness test on a thigh injury that he picked up last week while Gini Wijnaldum is also a doubt due to an ankle injury that he picked up in midweek.
Unfortunately Klopp also had a concerning update on the fitness of Nathaniel Clyne as the full-back has been sent to see a specialist after suffering a setback in his recovery from a back injury that’s kept him out for the whole season so far.
Klopp told reporters:
“Sadio trained with team yesterday and looked really good. He looked like he was ready for 20-25 minutes but have to see how he recovers
— Carl Markham (@carlmarkham) November 3, 2017
Klopp: "Adam (Lallana) is close but he didn't train with the team yet. He will start next week." pic.twitter.com/mnyrFA5BaX
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) November 3, 2017
Klopp says Clyne has had a setback with his back injury. "We are on it. We've sent him to specialists all over world. It just needs time."
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) November 3, 2017
It will be a huge boost for Liverpool to have Mane available again, even if he does only play for 20 minutes, as they go searching for a win at West Ham that would see them move level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea.
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