Jürgen Klopp today confirmed Liverpool will welcome back Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum into the squad for Saturday’s Premier League encounter with Hull City – and is confident Daniel Sturridge will join them for the Anfield fixture.
The trio didn’t figure in Tuesday’s 3-0 victory over Derby County in the EFL Cup third round as the manager elected to make seven changes to his starting line-up.
Lallana and Wijnaldum were left out as precautionary measures at the iPro Stadium, but have undergone normal preparation routines at Melwood ahead of Saturday. Sturridge, meanwhile, was back in training on Wednesday and Klopp is optimistic he will be ready to take on the Tigers.
The boss told his pre-match press conference at Melwood: “Adam and Gini were not in the squad [at Derby], but they will be ready – they trained yesterday completely normal.
“Daniel made something like a final test yesterday, so he had three days without training but should be in training today. It depends on the training [whether he is fit for Hull], so it’s not only [about] being part of the training. I think [he will be available] but we will see.
“All of the other players trained all of the time but had little issues. Gini got a knock on his knee, it was swollen but was not a risk, but he was not at 100 per cent for the Derby game. He was not in the squad but trained on the day.
“The same with Adam Lallana, who felt the intensity of the last games a little bit, so there was no reason to try anything with him. He was not in the squad, but trained. It was different to Daniel, he had a few issues after the game and didn’t train – but trained yesterday.
“Now we have two days until Saturday and we will see who will train all of the time and is ready for the game. The other players from the bench they had no problems and have no problems.”
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Klopp also provided an update on Joe Gomez, who hasn’t figured for Liverpool since last October due to injuries.
“[He is doing] good,” said the German. “Not in team training but good.
“Everything that he is doing at the moment he is doing without problems, so that’s good but, of course, he has a little way to go.”