Liverpool team news: Klopp confirms triple injury boost + Alisson update
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed a triple injury boost ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Sheffield United plus there is an update on Alisson Becker
Liverpool will be hoping to maintain their perfect start to the Premier League season when they take on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday lunchtime.
Ahead of the game, Jurgen Klopp has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference today and he’s provided a team news and injury update including the latest on the fitness of several members of his squad.
The Reds boss was pleased to confirm that Sadio Mane returned to full training on Thursday after picking up a dead leg during Liverpool victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend and is therefore available for selection tomorrow.
Divock Origi has missed Liverpool last two matches after suffering an ankle injury against Newcastle United earlier this month but the striker is also back in contention after resuming training yesterday.
In a triple boost, Klopp also revealed that James Milner is expected to be fit this weekend despite picking up a minor back issue during the early stages of Liverpool’s Carabao Cup win over MK Dons in midweek.
However, the Merseysiders will have to make do without Xherdan Shaqiri once again as the attacker is still recovering from a calf injury that he sustained in training at the start of the week.
Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com:
“Both trained yesterday, Sadio and Div, completely normal. No issues.”
“Shaq is not ready yet, he is doing rehab. Millie got a knock in his back against MK Dons early in the game. It looked a bit awkward after the game but it should be good. Curtis Jones [is] another knock but that’s it.”
The Liverpool boss also provided an update on the fitness of Alisson Becker at his press conference today and revealed the goalkeeper could return to full training on Sunday.
Alisson has been on the sidelines since suffering a calf injury during the early stages of Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Norwich City seven weeks ago but he’s been making good progress in his recovery.
The Brazilian international won’t be available against Sheffield United tomorrow but Klopp says he could resume full training on Sunday so a return to the first team is on the horizon.
Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com:
“Ali is in a good way. He did yesterday [Thursday], not with us but with the goalie coaches, a full session, so [he’s] getting closer and closer. We will see, now we have to talk to the medical department,”
“So Ali looks like he is close but the final word is with the medical department obviously, because we have to ask how it is exactly and that’s it.
“Ali is not in contention for tomorrow, it looks like maybe he can train with the team maybe from Sunday on. We don’t know 100 per cent, but he’s really close.”
Liverpool head into the weekend action sitting five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table having won all six of their league games so far this season so Klopp will be determined to maintain that advantage with another win over Sheffield United tomorrow.
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