Joel Matip is back in training as of Thursday afternoon and while Jurgen Klopp refused to admit he is in contention to face Brighton, he didn’t rule it out either.

The Cameroonian defender suffered a collarbone fracture against Napoli at the start of December and almost a month later, he is back in training.

His return to training comes as a huge boost after Dejan Lovren suffered a hamstring injury against Wolves on Monday. Liverpool stat man Simon Brundish claims that Lovren has only ever managed to play six games consecutively for the Reds twice.

Klopp says Matip returned training on Thursday and will be monitored ahead of the trip to the Amex Stadium while Jordan Henderson trained for the first time on Friday.

 

“Joel trained [on Thursday] for the first time with the team, which is already really good but we have to see,” said the manager at his pre-match press conference.

“We have to decide it day by day how he is doing, I am not 100 per cent sure. He feels good and that’s good for us, of course. Hendo will train [on Friday] for the first time, we will see what that then means exactly.”

After starting 2019 with back to back defeats, Liverpool will be looking to get back to winning ways and maintain their Premier League title challenge with a morale-boosting win over Brighton on Saturday evening.