Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield this weekend in return of club football following the end of the international break.
Both sides have a number of injury complaints but both Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta are expecting key players to return although the Reds have a few players that are definitely out.
Harvey Elliott, Joe Gomez, Curtis Jones, Naby Keita, Roberto Firmino and James Milner aren’t going to be in the squad with their respective injuries sidelining them for this match. We provided a comprehensive update on all of Liverpool’s current injuries which you can read here.
The Reds are hoping that Henderson, Robertson and Sadio Mane will be back in time to face the Gunners but out of that trio, only the Senegalese forward trained on Thursday evening.
He suffered a rib injury while on international duty but despite the injury being caused by a hefty collision with a Togo player, he has returned to Merseyside and now training without any fuss.
It’s a relief as Liverpool have very little depth in attack at the moment with Firmino on the sidelines but it seems as though he is in line to start on Saturday against Arsenal, a side he has a fantastic scoring record against.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Klopp said: “Sadio is fine – painful but fine. Everybody who had a rib bruise knows it’s an annoying thing. But Sad trained here with us now in all sessions.
“We took him out a little bit earlier here and there when we knew now it will be full contact, stuff like this, just to give it a bit more time to settle. But he looks fine.”
Henderson and Robertson, however, did not train. Well, they were not pictured in any of the team training images despite Klopp providing a positive update on their injuries.
The boss said: “Robbo was lucky, we can probably say. It was a little bit DOMS, the intensity of all the games he played probably, rather than anything else.
“He was smart enough to [make] the right decision, he went off early, which he usually is not doing. But in this case, it was absolutely right, and so there’s a good chance that he can be involved at the weekend.”
On Hendo, Klopp told reporters: “Hendo, a little bit more [injured] than Robbo but a chance for the weekend. So we are working on that. It’s not a serious injury but in this short period of time, we have to see if he is ready for Saturday.
“But after that, 100 per cent, and possibly for Arsenal as well.”
Liverpool need to return to winning ways after a defeat and three losses in their last five Premier League games and with an exciting clash against on the horizon, it’s the perfect opportunity to get three points on the board.