Further boost for Liverpool as another pair return to training after injury

15 October 2019

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has almost a full-strength squad to choose from for the trip to Man United on Sunday after Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rejoined training.


The Reds went into the international break top of the table and with a 100 per cent league record, but also with a fair few injury concerns.

Alisson Becker was still absent and Mohamed Salah took a heavy knock against Leicester, but that pair were confirmed available on Monday and took part in training on Tuesday.

In addition, Klopp and his coaching team – including throw-in coach Thomas Gronnemark – welcomed back two more faces to the fold; centre-back Joel Matip, who had missed the last two games with injury; and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who sat out the win over the Foxes.

The latter has had a stop-start time of matters this season, which is to be expected after coming back from a long-term injury, though his latest absence had nothing to do with any recurrence—it was reported as a head injury from training.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 31, 2019: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during the FA Premier League match between Burnley FC and Liverpool FC at Turf Moor. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Matip, though, has been a constantly impressive performer at the heart of the defence and, though Liverpool beat both Salzburg and Leicester in his absence, it can be expected that he returns to the side against Man United.

Neither Joe Gomez nor Dejan Lovren entirely convinced in Matip’s absence, though without regular action for each this season, rustiness is a natural consequence.

Lovren played twice over the international break for Croatia, but Gomez was sub twice for England.

With the quartet back in training, it leaves just Xherdan Shaqiri as the only senior not yet back involved with the first team.

Herbie Kane and Yasser Larouci were also in training with the seniors at Melwood, as the Reds prepare for the all-important trip to Old Trafford where they’ll be seeking a record-equalling 18th consecutive league win.

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