Jürgen Klopp has provided injury updates on Liverpool players Nathaniel Clyne, Loris Karius, Danny Ward and James Milner. 

Jürgen Klopp anticipates that Liverpool’s vice-captain James Milner will return to full training once Liverpool return to Merseyside after their tour of Germany.

Milner travelled with the squad but has been undergoing rehabilitation on a thigh issue and is not expected to be rushed back to action.

“It was clear from the first day there’s a little bit of tendon involved, so that means that it’s around 10 days,” Klopp explained to Liverpool’s official website.

“That means he will do his rehab here in Germany and then should be fit again when we’re at home. With injuries, you can’t be sure but it shouldn’t be much longer.”

James Milner in Hong Kong.
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Milner is one of a quartet of players currently struggling with niggling injury issues that also includes Nathaniel Clyne, whose back injury has kept him out for almost a whole month, Danny Ward and Loris Karius.

“This is maybe the longest Clyney has been out with a little bit of (an issue with) the back. We have to wait, time is running and we need Clyney of course,” Klopp continued.

“Loris and Danny, I am not 100 per cent sure (when they’ll return). Wardy is not too serious but it always takes its time, we will see how long it takes. Loris should be in tomorrow or the day after tomorrow at the latest, then we will have him back but it’s not too cool for the boys.”

Loris Karius at training at Melwood.
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While this news is understandably frustrating – and leaves the Reds short in their goalkeeping reserves – there is better news in the return to fitness of both Danny Ings and Sadio Mané.

The Reds left-back situation is also bolstered by the addition of former Hull City defender Robertson who is expected to debut on Saturday against Hertha Berlin.

“It’s nice, you can see it,” said the German.

“Sadio maybe does it that much but everyone can see it – and in Ingsy’s face, you can see he feels the difference. It’s very important. Robbo (Andy Robertson) is here and that’s very good.

“It’s a good group and the attitude was brilliant since we started. That should be the same and we will use the time.”