During his Friday pre-Arsenal press conference, Jürgen Klopp confirmed that James Milner would miss the Gunners clash and that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is nearing a Liverpool return.
Milner missed the Reds’ 4-0 win over Newcastle United on Wednesday and is set to miss out once again as his muscular injury persists.
Alberto Moreno is set to return to the matchday squad while Dominic Solanke will also be absent from the Liverpool contingent, Klopp confirms.
Undoubtedly, the major injury news from the German’s presser is that Chamberlain has started running on grass again and will in February return to full team training with a possible return to action penned in for March.
On James Milner, Klopp said: “Millie is Millie and that means he is again ahead of schedule. He had, yes, a little bit with the [hamstring] muscle. He will not be available for tomorrow, that’s not possible, but hopefully the game after that he will be available again.
“Alberto trained for the first time really pain-free yesterday so he will probably be in contention. Dom Solanke has muscle problems and will not be involved.
“Joe obviously not, and Joel not. Both are doing well and making big steps but it will take some time.”
On Chambo growing ever closer to returning from injury, the German said: “[It’s the] best news, best news.
“He started going on the pitch and from the first step he did it looked completely normal, not like sometimes when a player is coming back from an injury and he starts running and then you see them still, not really limping, but it’s not the picture you have in your mind.
“With Ox, from the first step it looked like Ox and that was really nice. Then we had to wait for the reaction – and there was no reaction, which is even nicer.
“No pressure put on him, but it looks like he could maybe be back in normal training in late February – maybe, I am not sure, [maybe] March.
“So that gives us hope he will be back in the season.
“That’s the moment; we are usually not that excited about something like this but a lot of things can happen, it’s true it still can happen a lot after being out for that long time, but it looked so positive.
“It is just nice to have him around with a smile on his face again. He very often has a smile on his face, but now with good reason. He is obviously happy and we are very happy.”