Jurgen Klopp provided an injury update ahead of Saturday’s clash at home to Leicester City, with a return to fitness for Dejan Lovren.
Liverpool welcome the Foxes to Anfield on Saturday afternoon, with Klopp’s team selection affected by a number of long-term absentees.
Joining Danny Ings and Joe Gomez on the treatment table following Sunday’s loss to Watford is Martin Skrtel, with the 31-year-old confirming a hamstring injury via his Instagram account.
Skrtel expects to be on the sidelines for six weeks, and Klopp expressed frustration at his situation.
“Martin Skrtel is not too good, it’s a hamstring with the tendon,” he explained.
“It needs time. We don’t know how long because Martin is a tough guy.
“We can’t make pressure, we have to wait a few weeks for sure.
“It’s really bad for us.”
Elsewhere, Daniel Sturridge continues his recovery from his own hamstring issue—one of a long list of problems for the star striker.
“Daniel is still doing his little pre-season, in a good way,” Klopp said, optimistically.
“It is intensive training with him.
“We will do this for seven, eight, nine, 10 days like this, then we will see.”
Not so positive, however, was Klopp’s evaluation of James Milner‘s calf injury, with the midfielder’s absence described as “not too good.”
“Milly was a calf [injury], nobody knows where it came from,” he said.
“But we have to wait one, two weeks—I don’t know exactly.
“It’s not too good for us.”
Another absentee on Saturday is 18-year-old academy star Jordan Rossiter, with Klopp confirming the midfielder’s hamstring injury, suffered during the 0-0 draw away to FC Sion.
“Jordan—that’s really bad for him,” he continued.
“In Sion, the other side, a similar injury to before, a hamstring.
“He felt it after five minutes into the game.
“It was really disappointing for him. That needs time too—a really long time.”
On a positive note, however, both Lovren and Simon Mignolet look set to return to Klopp’s starting lineup against the Foxes.
“Dejan Lovren is back in training,” the manager said.
“He trained two days in a row. Five, six days in normal training. He’s available for tomorrow.
“Mignolet is back. He trained normally today, and he’ll train normally tomorrow.”
TIA CHRISTMAS 2015