Liverpool have been given a huge boost ahead of their clash with West Brom at the weekend as Xherdan Shaqiri, Thiago Alcantara and James Milner have all returned to training.
The trio have been injured in recent weeks/months but returned to the field on Wednesday to train with their teammates and could be available for the game against the Baggies.
James Pearce, of The Athletic, has provided the update, noting that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had already said he was expecting them to return to training this week.
Triple boost for #LFC as Thiago, Shaqiri and Milner all involved in today's session. Klopp had said he expected to have the trio back full training this week. Injury crisis easing. Perfect timing going into the festive schedule.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) December 23, 2020
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
All three players could boost Liverpool’s squad with their returns. Jurgen Klopp now has more options to play with and could use them to help rotate his squad to avoid further injuries/fatigue. Milner is capable of playing across the defence and midfield, whilst Shaqiri can occupy any of the attacking roles and Thiago can play in any of the three central midfield positions. This means that Klopp can give rests to the likes of Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, among others, and reduce the chances of sustaining more injuries.
Not to mention the quality a player such as Thiago can bring to the Liverpool team. In his only start of the season so far, against Everton, Thiago recorded an excellent WhoScored rating of 7.26 as Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw by the Toffees at Goodison Park. He won one tackle, made two interceptions, provided two key passes and completed four dribbles in a well-rounded midfield performance on the day, with Jordan Henderson currently the only Liverpool midfielder – Fabinho excluded due to his centre-back outings – with a higher average rating than Thiago in the Premier League.
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