MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Alexis Mac Allister IN training as 23-man squad prepare for Newcastle

Alexis Mac Allister was involved in training on Friday as Jurgen Klopp watched over 23 outfield players on a blustery day on Merseyside.

Liverpool’s No. 10 has missed the last six matches with a nasty cut to the bone on his left knee, and ahead of Monday’s match against Newcastle there was some hope that he could return.

Klopp had to wait for the verdict from the team doctor over whether or not Mac Allister could be involved in team training, but he was spotted with the rest of his team at the AXA Training Centre.

The midfielder took part in Friday’s session, as captured by Sky Sports, which is a promising sign for the Reds.

“If Macca could be back for Newcastle it would be outstanding,” Klopp told reporters on Friday morning. “After that he has to be back [due to Endo going to Asian Cup]!”

Whether a start is too soon remains to be seen, but that he is back involved with the squad suggests his chances of taking part in some capacity on New Year’s Day are high.

Moreover, there was no footage of the goalkeepers, but the presence of Alisson and Co. have since been confirmed as the squad prepared for Eddie Howe’s side.

However, Jarell Quansah was absent following his 90-minute outing at Burnley but, hopefully, there is no concern there as Liverpool can ill afford another injury in defence.

Monday evening’s fixture is the last for Mohamed Salah and Wataru Endo before they depart for the Africa Cup of Nations and Asian Cup respectively, with at least a four-game absence guaranteed.

It is far from ideal, but it makes Mac Allister’s return all the more timely, plus Diogo Jota‘s return to full fitness gives the manager another option in attack.

Friday’s session also saw a number of youngsters involved, including Conor Bradley, Luke Chambers, Calum Scanlon, James McConnell, Tom Hill, Bobby Clark, Kaide Gordon and Lewis Koumas.

As for the absentees, the list remains as follows: Joel Matip (knee), Andy Robertson (shoulder), Kostas Tsimikas (collarbone), Thiago (hip), Stefan Bajcetic (calf) and Ben Doak (knee).


Liverpool squad pictured in training on Friday

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 25, 2023: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during a training session at the AXA Training Centre ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Toulouse. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Goalkeepers: Alisson, Kelleher, Adrian, Pitaluga

Defenders: Van Dijk, Konate, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Bradley, Chambers, Scanlon

Midfielders: Mac Allister, Szoboszlai, Endo, Gravenberch, Elliott, Jones, McConnell, Hill, Clark

Forwards: Salah, Jota, Diaz, Gakpo, Nunez, Gordon, Koumas