Jurgen Klopp provided updates on Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gini Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League meeting with Leicester City at Anfield.
Liverpool are the league leaders but by the time they face the Foxes they could be just one point ahead of Manchester City as the champions face Newcastle United 24 hours earlier.
Klopp will be hoping to have a couple players back fit from injury while Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho missed training through illness but shouldn’t be lengthy absentees.
On Trent, Klopp said: “He is better, much better, but we have to see. It needs to be stable – and in the moment it is stable and it’s about the pain.
“Everyone knows how desperate Trent is to play; he can ignore pretty much everything. That he played that game at Brighton was sensational, to be honest. It’s unbelievable. The same for Gini, who got a little injury early and it was very painful. Adrenaline is obviously really hard stuff and gives you the opportunity to grow a bit in the game, so they did.
“It will not be long [for Trent], but is he ready for Leicester? I don’t know, we will find out. Then it’s West Ham and then Bournemouth. After that he will be 100 per cent [back] but until then, we have to see.”
Wijnaldum is also in contention to start against Leicester, with Klopp saying: “Gini is good, better.
“The plan is that he will have one session today and then we have to see how he reacts on that. Hopefully we can build from that point.”
In bad news, Joe Gomez is still a couple of weeks away from a return as the gaffer adds: “We have to wait. Obviously it was really unlucky in that situation. The injury is not like Trent or Gini where you know ‘that’s the only thing’. It could have been like that, but then more and more we found out it’s a more serious thing.
“We have to wait, for sure, a couple of weeks. We will see, it is difficult to judge in the moment.
“We thought three weeks ago he would be closer and then we had to make another diagnosis in which we saw that it didn’t work out so far as we wanted, that’s why he is still not in training or running on the pitch.”
The best news of all is that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is nearing a return as the German commented on a video of the midfielder training that went viral.
He said: “I loved it like the fans loved it, if they loved it! It is just brilliant!
“I didn’t lie, I said when you see him moving it is just unbelievable, he looks completely fine. The situation is now that we have to build endurance.
“What they did so far, it makes sense. You do the things to make sure the knee is again at 100 per cent. That’s obviously the case and that’s good, but from that moment on then you need time to adapt to the intensity of the game and that will take a while. But I pretty much can’t wait until we can involve him, at least for [a few] minutes. It is so nice.
“He had hard times in the year – and in the end it pretty much will be a year – but he dealt with it in an impressive way, to be honest. Still, everyone knew he had a hard time, but since five or six weeks [ago] you can see he sees the end, the light at the end of the tunnel, and that gave him a massive boost, gives us a massive boost, so now it is really close.
“I don’t think we talk about patience so much now, he needs fitness. He is not injured anymore, that’s what I would say, but he is not match-fit and that’s a massive difference.
“We cannot, and will not, use Ox before he is 100 per cent in all parts of the game, because anything else after not playing for a year pretty much, the risk would be higher.
“There is no reason for any risk. We want to keep him fit and healthy and use him for the next years.”