Liverpool have landed a huge boost ahead of the Reds’ trip to Wolves this Saturday as Ibrahima Konate is back in training, easing some of coach Jurgen Klopp’s injury issues.
That is according to the Mirror, which reports that Konate has come through training during the international break unscathed. The 24-year-old had missed Liverpool’s past two Premier League fixtures before the break after sustaining a thigh problem. But he should now return.
Klopp faced a major selection headache in Liverpool’s last match as Virgil van Dijk’s red card added to Konate’s injury. Trent Alexander-Arnold also limped off in the Anfield club’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa. Their absences left Klopp using a central pair of Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
Ibrahima Konate returns to training at Liverpool following a thigh injury
Alexander-Arnold is unlikely to return from his hamstring injury soon as he is training away from Liverpool’s first-team squad. Klopp is also loath to rush the right-back’s return and will persist without the 24-year-old for now. But Konate has eased the German boss’ headache.
Liverpool were relieved to see Konate come through training unscathed this week as he bids to return from injury. Klopp is now considering using the Frenchman at Wolves this Saturday with Gomez likely filling in Alexander-Arnold’s void. Matip should start in Van Dijk’s absence.
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Klopp will be thrilled as the Reds prepare to travel to Wolves on Saturday
The Molineux meeting will mark the last of Van Dijk’s suspension after the FA’s independent commission extended his ban. So, Van Dijk must wait until Liverpool visit LASK in the Europa League next Thursday night to, potentially, feature beside Konate again following his injury.
Klopp will be thrilled to have Konate back at Wolves, though, as his selection headache gets much easier. The 24-year-old, who Matip calls ‘amazing’, will also be glad to get some more minutes under his belt. He had a steady start to the season but is still to find his best form.