Good news on injury front ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Chelsea

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Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Liverpool have no new injury problems as they prepare for their vital top-four clash with Chelsea on Sunday evening.

The Reds played out an intense 4-2 defeat away to Roma on Wednesday night, but progressed to the Champions League final by virtue of a 7-6 aggregate win.

Klopp’s side left it all out on the field at Stadio Olimpico, with James Milner among those collapsing to the turf at the final whistle, in a mixture of relief and exhaustion.

But Liverpool cannot afford to let fatigue get the better of them as they take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, knowing a draw will all but guarantee a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Victory in west London would be ideal, eradicating any possibility of even a major swing in goal difference from the Blues in their final two games seeing the Reds finish fifth.

And fortunately, Klopp has provided a positive update on the fitness of his squad ahead of their trip to the capital.

“From [Wednesday night], all should be OK. It is the first game for weeks that nothing happened in the game,” he told LiverpoolFC.com.

“Adam [Lallana] trained [on Thursday morning] with the squad players and looked good.

“But the normal season is only one-and-a-half weeks [to go], a very intense one-and-a-half weeks. Nothing else.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 28, 2018: Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Stoke City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp made five changes for each of the Reds’ league games prior to their clashes with Roma, though draws with West Brom and Stoke City highlighted the lack of depth at his disposal.

Joel Matip, Emre Can and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all set to miss the rest of the season through injury, while Lallana only returned to full training last week and Joe Gomez is a doubt.

But there are options to rotate, with Nathaniel Clyne one of the most likely to come in to replace Trent Alexander-Arnold, while Alberto Moreno could also take over from Andy Robertson.

On the possibility of making alterations Klopp conceded that “it is quite difficult” given his list of absentees, but added that “we will see.”

“We have to wait. We trained [on Thursday morning] and the boys who played [on Wednesday night] had their recovery,” he explained.

“We’ll come together [on Friday]—I can’t make any decisions before that.

“We have to wait and see. But it’s difficult, the whole situation is not too easy.”

Ragnar Klavan, Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings, plus youngsters Conor Masterson, Curtis Jones, Ben Woodburn and Rafa Camacho, are also available.

But Klopp must weigh up whether to retain his key players, including the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and ex-Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah, in order to secure a result at the Bridge.

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