Gini Wijnaldum returns to training ahead Liverpool’s trip to Salzburg

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Liverpool prepared for their Champions League game with Salzburg with a training session at Melwood in front of the cameras.

A make-or-break tie in Austria sees the Reds needing a draw to guarantee progression, while a win would seal top spot in the group.

Jurgen Klopp would love to have his entire squad available for such a crucial encounter, but the Reds are without Fabinho and Joel Matip for the entirety of the Christmas fixture list.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 9, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E match between FC Salzburg and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A couple of injury scares at the weekend added to that concern, but Dejan Lovren—who went off in the first half—and Gini Wijnaldum—who missed the game entirely—were both in training with the squad at Melwood on Monday afternoon.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 9, 2019: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren (L) and Mohamed Salah during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E match between FC Salzburg and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Adam Lallana, who also missed the trip to Dean Court, seemed to train apart from the main group, however, making it unlikely he features in the squad in Austria.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 9, 2019: Liverpool's Adam Lallana during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E match between FC Salzburg and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

To boost numbers, five young players were involved, all of who could feature in the UEFA Youth League match rather than the senior squad on Tuesday.

If there are any doubts over Lovren’s fitness, Neco Williams or Sepp van den Berg are the likely candidates to step in, while Curtis Jones could again win a place in the matchday squad due to Lallana’s probable absence.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 9, 2019: Liverpool's Neco Williams during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E match between FC Salzburg and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp will have a decision to make in midfield, too, where Gini Wijnaldum is expected to return.

Recent impressive performances have also come from squad players including Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita, increasing the options for the boss to turn to.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 9, 2019: Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E match between FC Salzburg and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

And then there is the question of whether to reunite the front three of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, or whether Divock Origi has done enough to push his own claim for a second start in three fixtures, after each of the four have been rested across the last two league games.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 9, 2019: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E match between FC Salzburg and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds beat Salzburg 4-3 at Anfield earlier in the season and have been in scintillating form recently, with comfortable wins recorded over Everton and Bournemouth—with a welcome clean sheet coming in the latter.

One more win on Tuesday, and the Champions League can take a back seat until the new year.


Liverpool squad training for Salzburg

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, December 9, 2019: Liverpool's Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, captain Jordan Henderson, Mohamed Salah during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E match between FC Salzburg and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Goalkeepers: Alisson, Adrian, Kelleher, Lonergan

Defenders: Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, N Williams, Van den Berg, Hoever*

Midfielders: Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita, Jones

Forwards: Firmino, Mane, Salah, Origi, Shaqiri, Elliott

*Not eligible for Champions League games

🏆  Written by the talented team that produces the official matchday programme and magazine, this is the complete story of a historic season.

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