Jurgen Klopp was handed a major fitness boost ahead of a pivotal week for the club in both the domestic league and Europe as three returning Liverpool stars were pictured back in training on Monday morning.
Joel Matip, Naby Keita and Kostas Tsimikas were all seen back at Melwood as Liverpool finalise preparations for their Champions League clash at Atalanta this evening.
Thiago Alcantara remains a fitness doubt with the Spaniard yet to resume team training with Klopp making a late decision on his team selection. Asked for an update on the club’s current injury situation, the Reds boss said: “Naby and Joel trained yesterday with the team, full, Thiago didn’t. So, that’s the situation.
“I have really no idea what I do with this information in the moment because yes, they trained, that’s good, it’s better than if they don’t train. But we have to see what we do with it.
“We have another day to make these decisions. A lot of players will be on the plane hopefully, and so decisions will be made late, late, late.”
Matip could bolster Klopp’s defensive options which are currently depleted following the long-term injury to Virgil van Dijk and recent setback to Fabinho.
The 29-year-old has missed Liverpool’s previous four matches after suffering a muscle problem during the 2-2 draw with Everton last month.
Matip’s setback subsequently meant Klopp was forced to build his defensive quartet around England international Joe Gomez, who has been Liverpool’s only recognised central defender in the last week.
Gomez, 23, has been partnered by Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips across both the league and Europe although Matip could feature alongside him in central defence for the first time in Klopp’s tenure against Atalanta.
Keita [Guardian] and Tsimikas were also back in full-training and both could be in contention for the Champions League bout with Atalanta.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Klopp added: “Yesterday was recovery for some and normal training for the others, so now we have to see how the boys feel today.
“It’s pretty early now and I have not all the information, but I hope nothing serious.
“We have to wait until the medical department give us the green or orange or red light. We have at the moment more centre-halves available than we probably will line up together, which is good.”
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