Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Liverpool duo James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri will miss the Premier League clash at Southampton on Saturday.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 07: Referee Paul Tierney talks to James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool at Molineux on January 7, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Milner, 33, has not featured for the European champions since sustaining muscle damage in the 1-0 victory against Everton earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Shaqiri, 28, has been absent from first-team action following an injury the Swiss international sustained during the 1-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers in December.

The Premier League champions-elect will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table to 22 points with victory against a Saints’ outfit that have won five of their last seven league matches.

Liverpool will be looking to claim a 16th consecutive league victory having dropped just two points all season. They are also embarking on a 41-match unbeaten run – their previous defeat occurring back in January 2019.

The Reds boss also confirmed that Adam Lallana has returned to training and will be available for selection at the weekend whilst Divock Origi was an absentee during Friday morning’s early session but the Belgian is expected to return later today.

 

Speaking in his Friday afternoon press conference, Klopp said: “Shaq and Milner not for this game but they are close. Lallana trained as normal. Divock didn’t train but he should be back today.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 29: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Divock Origi of Liverpool during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool FC at London Stadium on January 29, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

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The injury updates are not too surprising considering the manager recently revealed the Liverpool duo were not too far away from a return to action.

Origi was forced to leave the field at the London Stadium in the 1-0 victory against West Ham United on Wednesday.

The Champions League-winning hero won the crucial penalty that allowed Mohamed Salah to open the scoring after Origi was hacked down by Issa Diop before half-time.

Origi was used as cover for Sadio Mane who is out of action until mid-February following a hamstring problem sustained at Molineux a week ago. The Belgian did an admirable job in the absence of the Ballon d’Or nominee. Origi’s absence could hand a first Premier League start to January recruit Takumi Minamino.

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