Virgil van Dijk is expected to be fit for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Swansea City on Monday, but three of his team-mates could miss out.
The Reds make the trip to the Liberty Stadium as they look for a sixth win in a row, taking their unbeaten run to 19 matches in the process.
Van Dijk missed the 4-3 victory over Man City last Sunday with a minor hamstring problem, but he looks set to make his league debut for his new club against the Swans.
Jurgen Klopp confirmed the news on Friday, but did also state that Mohamed Salah, Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren are not certainties to feature.
“Virgil was back yesterday and completely fine. We have a few problems with players feeling ill or unwell,” Klopp said.
“Raggy was out, but hopefully back today. Dejan was out. Mo Salah was out, but hopefully back today.
“Mo and Raggy are on the good side of it already, but with Dejan we are not 100 percent sure [if he will be back today].”
The Liverpool manager also discussed the current fitness of captain Jordan Henderson and full-backs Alberto Moreno and Nathaniel Clyne, all of whom are progressing at different speeds.
“It is close, but maybe close and not enough time for Swansea—but [after that] Hendo is back and that’s good news,” he added.
“Alberto is back in training a few days longer and we have to see. Because it is Alberto, he trains all the time and feels it still a little bit—in one or two movements you can see.
“We will not put any rush on him, but he will be back for sure after Swansea as well—or even maybe Swansea, I’m not sure.”
“Clyney is doing well but still a little way to go until he is back in completely normal training. He is doing well, really good.”
The Reds find themselves in a fairly healthy situation with regards to injuries, and with other key men getting back to full fitness, competition for places is set to become ever more fierce.
This can only be beneficial, as Klopp’s men attempt to secure a top-four finish and go far in both the Champions League and FA Cup, in a busy upcoming run of fixtures.