Liverpool returned to winning ways as they beat Bournemouth 2-1 at Anfield to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 25 points.

Trent Alexander-Arnold returned to the starting XI after the Englishman was given the night off during Liverpool’s FA Cup exit at Stamford Bridge. Vice-captain James Milner was utilised as the left-sided full-back.

Andy Robertson was absent from the top-flight encounter as a precaution with the Reds’ all-important Champions League encounter against Atletico Madrid just days away.

Robertson, who observed from the stands, was both impressed and relieved when his teammate made a goal-saving clearance to deny Ryan Fraser an equalising goal in the second half.

Klopp optimistic

Robertson missed his first match of the PL season following Klopp’s decision to rest the former Hull City star against the Cherries.

 

The German manager was able to provide an injury update on Liverpool duo Jordan Henderson and Robertson following Liverpool’s 2-1 victory against Bournemouth.

Henderson, 29, is expected to return to full training on Sunday, meaning the club-captain could come into contention for the midweek while Robertson will also be made available against Atletico.

When questioned on the availability of the Liverpool duo, Klopp said: “What I hear, it should be possible [for them to be available for Atletico]. If we then do it, I don’t know.

“Robbo should not be a problem; he only missed today pretty much.

“He finished the session yesterday after afterwards felt something, but it was then nothing in the end.

“Hendo was out, I don’t know exactly in this moment, but I think he will train tomorrow. If that looks good, I have to make decision.

“For sure [will be good to have him back] and some others as well.”

Fingers crossed both will be available as Klopp’s European champions trail Diego Simeone’s side by one goal ahead of the Anfield affair.

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