Liverpool Handed Double Injury Boost Ahead Of Champions League Clash With AS Roma

By on April 18, 2018

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Liverpool have been handed a double injury boost ahead of their Champions League semi-final first leg against AS Roma at Anfield, according to the Mirror.

Jurgen Klopp’s side welcome the Italian giants to Merseyside next Tuesday night and it looks like Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez will be in contention for the crucial first leg clash.

Lovren limped off during Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday sparking fears the Croatian international had picked up a hamstring injury.

However, the Mirror claim Liverpool have played down the problem by insisting Lovren is just suffering from muscle tightness and the centre-back is expected to be fit to face Roma next week.

The news will be a welcome relief for Klopp as Lovren has been enjoying some fine form in recent weeks after forming an encouraging partnership alongside Virgil van Dijk in the heart of defence.

Gomez on the other hand is set to return to full training after missing the last month with an ankle ligament injury that he sustained while playing for England against Holland during the March international break.

The 20-year-old has worked hard to return to full fitness and the Mirror claim he’ll be assessed by the Liverpool medical staff at Melwood to determine when he’ll be ready to return to the squad.

Gomez is unlikely to be risked for the trip to West Bromwich Albion this weekend but the young defender should be in contention to face Roma next Tuesday night.

His return will provide Klopp with another valuable option in defence as with Joel Matip ruled out Gomez will be a back-up option at centre-back while he’ll also push Trent Alexander-Arnold for the starting spot at right-back.

Liverpool head to the Hawthorns on Saturday lunchtime needing a win to maintain the pressure on second-placed Manchester United but Klopp will no doubt be tempted to rest some of his key players ahead of the Roma tie.

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