Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate should be fit enough to make the squad for Saturday’s Premier League opener with Fulham.
That’s according to The Mirror, who claim that the centre-back is ‘likely’ to be on the bench for Liverpool.
Konate hobbled off in The Reds’ last pre-season friendly against Strasbourg on Sunday. But the issue is reportedly not ‘too serious’ and should lead to a return this weekend.
The positive update should come as a relief to Jurgen Klopp, who has today seen Curtis Jones ruled out for around a month.
Liverpool missing a few, but big guns ready to fire
Although this news has yet to be fully confirmed, the signs are positive for Liverpool. Having had a little bit of a rough pre-season, the last thing they needed was an injury to an important player on the eve of the season.
Thankfully, it looks like Konate is going to be fine. So too should be Alisson Becker, who hasn’t played for almost a month but is in line to start at Craven Cottage.
Unfortunately, Liverpool will definitely be without both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones. Ox looks set to miss two or three months, while Jones will be missing for around four weeks (The Athletic).
Diogo Jota is another who is certain to miss out. Having signed a new contract earlier this week, Jota described his recovery as being ‘a few weeks’ away.
Doubt also surrounds the availability of Kostas Tsimikas and Naby Keita. Both players have been missing of late and could be absent as Liverpool open their Premier League season.
One bit of good news is that, Alisson aside, all of Klopp’s absolute key men are fit and ready. Konate is a miss, but the blow is softened when you have Joel Matip and Joe Gomez to call upon.
Elsewhere, all of what most people would consider Liverpool’s best XI are fine. Barring any late mishaps before Saturday, The Reds should be at more-or-less full strength in West London.