Philippe Coutinho has been pictured at Melwood on Monday, as the Brazilian continues his recovery from an ankle injury.
Coutinho has been sidelined since November’s 2-0 win at home to Sunderland, though initial fears of a long-term layoff were eased, with the 24-year-old not requiring surgery.
Grujic and Coutinho were pictured in training kit, with the Serbian also recovering from an injury of his own.
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Coutinho is set to begin light training as he works his way back, in what is a major boost for the Reds. He will likely be doing running and fitness work alongside Grujic today, with the aim to return to full training with the rest of the squad next week ahead of the City game.
Nevertheless, the prospect of moving Roberto Firmino back into his regular central role, with Coutinho taking up his position on the left, is a positive one for the boss.
If Coutinho is available from the end of the year, Klopp will be able to navigate the absence of Sadio Mane in January, with the winger due to depart for the Africa Cup of Nations with the Senegal squad.
Meanwhile, Grujic, who has suffered with a tendon issue, can swell Klopp’s midfield ranks, though his game time has been limited so far this season.
He had been expected to dip into the January transfer market to add to his forward ranks, but with Quincy Promes set to remain with Spartak Moscow and Borussia Dortmund eager to retain Christian Pulisic, his options are dwindling.
Divock Origi has been in fine form in Coutinho’s absence, and will be looking to add to his tally of five goals in his last five games in the Merseyside derby on Monday night.