According to the Liverpool ECHO, Jordan Henderson and Nathaniel Clyne are both in contention to feature against Swansea City this afternoon.
After Nathaniel Clyne was replaced by Trent Alexander-Arnold against Manchester United last week, there were concerns regarding his fitness as it takes a lot to remove the former Southampton man’s name from the starting lineup – in his first season at Liverpool he played 52 games.
On the other hand, Jordan Henderson returned to the side at Old Trafford since being withdrawn against Manchester City two weeks prior.
In his press conference yesterday, Jürgen Klopp revealed that Henderson has been struggling with a heel injury while Clyne is trying to push through the pain caused by his abdominal injury.
As was expected, both were rested for Liverpool’s midweek FA Cup replay away to Plymouth. Despite Henderson’s recurring heel issue and Clyne’s abdominal complaint, both have returned to full training and are in contention to start at Anfield later today.
“Clyne and Hendo were not in team training until now but should be back today, that’s the last moment,” Klopp said. “We’ve had two running sessions, only to feel if he (Clyne) can cope with the pain. I saw him yesterday and he was very up, so that’s good.
“Hendo should be okay too. He felt the muscle a little bit more than he’s used to but it’s still about the heel. That’s the problem.”
FIFA have also cleared Joel Matip to play for Liverpool so, bar Sadio Mane, Klopp has a full-strength squad to choose from – something which he hasn’t been able to do for months. Swansea travel to Merseyside in a bad way. Under their third manager of the season, the Swans have won one game in their last five – the rest were defeats – and are rock bottom, level on points with Sunderland.
Despite some shaky form in 2017, the return of key stars in Philippe Coutinho and Joel Matip will provide the extra confidence needed for Liverpool to grab a first win of the new year against Swansea today.