Jurgen Klopp has been boosted by the news that Sadio Mane will be available for Liverpool’s clash with West Ham on Sunday.
Mane hobbled out of the Reds’ disappointing 4-3 defeat to Bournemouth at the weekend, and there were fears that he could join fellow key man Philippe Coutinho on the sidelines.
The Liverpool Echo report that the 24-year-old has been passed fit for Sunday’s home match and he took part in training in Barcelona on Tuesday.
Mane has enjoyed an excellent start to his Liverpool career, and as things stand, he is the Reds’ leading scorer in 2016/17 with seven goals.
Joel Matip is another who is expected to start against West Ham, with the Cameroonian a huge loss in the defeat to Bournemouth.
The news is not as positive as far as Daniel Sturridge is concerned, however, with the striker still out with a calf problem.
The 27-year-old has not played since his late cameo against Southampton last month, and as the past shows, return dates are always unclear when Sturridge is concerned.
The former Chelsea man has not travelled to Spain for the two-day team bonding exercise, remaining at Melwood to continue his rehabilitation.
The injury problems have slowly started to mount up for Klopp, with Coutinho the most high-profile absentee.
The festive period is set to be a key spell in Liverpool’s season, and their squad must be as injury-free as possible.