Liverpool team news: Klopp confirms double injury boost but 7 players to miss Wolves
Jurgen Klopp has provided a full team news and injury update ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Wolves at Anfield on Sunday evening.
The Reds boss has been dealing with a lengthy injury list this season and was without a number of important first team players for Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over Ajax in the group stages of the Champions League.
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 thigh problem recently but the duo will be hoping to make their returns to action on Sunday night.
However, Liverpool are still going to be without several players for the visit of Wolves as Klopp says none of his other absentees will be fit for the game which means goalkeeper Alisson Becker remains out with a thigh injury that kept him out of the Ajax game in midweek.
James Milner is also on the sidelines with a thigh issue while Thiago Alcantara is struggling to overcome a niggling knee injury that he sustained against Everton back in October and Xherdan Shaqiri is out with a muscle problem.
Obviously Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez won’t be playing any time soon as they continue their rehabilitation following surgery and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain isn’t ready to return yet – although Klopp says the midfielder is getting closer to full fitness.
The Reds boss told Liverpoolfc.com:
“I don’t know yet, we will see. Trent and Naby will do the first steps in team training today; whatever we can do with that depends on how it looks.
“There are some niggles after the game against Ajax and we have to see how they respond. So far, they didn’t do a lot apart from treatment and stuff like this. We have to see how that develops [but] I don’t know in the moment.
“There is a chance Naby and Trent can be in the squad, I would say. If they 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’s a chance they are in the squad, yes.
“Apart from Naby and Trent, nobody is coming back, no.”
“Ox looks really promising, he is doing a lot of stuff. He is warming-up with the team now, some ball work, a lot of stuff, but we will develop that now over the next few days.
“Then we will see from which moment on it makes sense to throw him in. He is not too far away.”
Andy Robertson seemed to pick up a knock against Ajax while Jordan Henderson played the full ninety minutes upon his return to the starting eleven following a muscle injury so Liverpool will no doubt assess the duo over the next few days.
Liverpool head into the weekend action sitting level on points with Tottenham at the top of the table so they’ll be looking to keep the pressure on their rivals with a win over Wolves on Sunday night.
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