Sadio Mane and James Milner have returned to first-team training as Liverpool prepare for their Premier League clash against Norwich City on Saturday.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUDNAY OUT) James Milner and Adam Lallana of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on February 10, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

However, Xherdan Shaqiri and Nathaniel Clyne remain on the sidelines with the Reds duo still not ready for selection.

Jurgen Klopp’s injury-woes have eased in recent weeks since the German manager confirmed last month that he only had 13 available outfield players for selection.

Milner hasn’t featured for Liverpool since sustaining muscle damage in the FA Cup third-round victory against Everton in January, while Mane has recovered from a hamstring injury picked up at Molineux during the Reds’ 2-1 victory against Wolves.

Both resumed full training as the senior players returned from their holidays following the inaugural PL winter break.

Liverpool will prepare for their 26th league match of the season at rock-bottom Norwich – where victory will send the Premier League champions-elect 25 points clear at the summit.

When about the availability of Mane and Milner, Klopp said: “Of course they are in contention, that’s clear.


“When Millie and Sadio are back, you start thinking immediately (about using them). That’s how it is.

“They trained both from Monday on and they trained both through last week anyway. They are in contention.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 11: Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 11, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Shaqiri – who joined the Reds last summer for a fee of £13m [BBC Sport] – has just made one league start for Liverpool this season after starring and scoring in the 5-2 victory against Everton in December.

Meanwhile, Clyne – signed from Southampton for £12.5m [BBC Sport] has so far missed the entirety of the 2019/20 campaign and hasn’t featured for Liverpool since returning from his loan move from Bournemouth.

“It looks like, and I hope it stays like this, apart from Shaqiri, Clyne and Glatzel [Paul], all players are in training,” added the Reds boss.

“We have some good options and we have to hope it stays like this. It will be really great for the very decisive part of the season.”

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