Liverpool will check on the fitness of several players ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Huddersfield Town.
Naby Keita is not expected to be involved at John Smith’s Stadium with Jürgen Klopp ‘pretty sure’ the midfielder is unavailable due to a hamstring strain picked up on international duty.
Sadio Mane underwent successful surgery on a hand injury earlier this week and there have been fitness concerns over James Milner, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk.
Asked for the latest update at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Klopp said: “We had a session yesterday and a few of the boys trained, so we’ll have to see how they’ve reacted after that.”
On the rib injury that had previously troubled Van Dijk, who played only the first of Netherlands’ two matches during the international break, the manager commented: “It settled pretty quickly.
“Football players have to play very often with some kind of pain, that’s how it is. What it is exactly is not too important. It’s all good. He has no problems with that anymore.”
Fabinho is ‘close’ to his first Premier League start for the club according to Klopp, who has been boosted by the availability of Adam Lallana again.
“Training looks tremendous,” the boss told Liverpoolfc.com of Lallana.
“We still want to be careful – not too careful but, of course, careful [so] that we reach the point where we don’t have to think about it anymore. But he is 100 per cent back.”
Huddersfield will definitely be without Tommy Smith (groin), Terence Kongolo (hamstring) and Danny Williams (knee), manager David Wagner confirmed at his pre-match press conference.
Elsewhere, Isaac Mbenza’s knee issue will be assessed, while Wagner will make a late decision on whether to include the returning Ramadan Sobhi in his squad after six weeks out.
The Terriers boss expects Philip Billing to be available for the game in Yorkshire, however, revealing ‘all the signs are positive’.
The match marks the third competitive meeting in English football between close friends Klopp and Wagner, with the Reds having won both fixtures last season 3-0.
“It’s a great game, it’s a game I really look forward to, it’s a game when the fixtures came out I had an eye on,” said the latter.
“It’s a special game for me personally, there’s no doubt about it, but it is for us as a football club. We face Liverpool – one of the biggest clubs in the world.”
Last time out
Burnley v Huddersfield Town, October 6: Lossl, Lowe, Zanka, Schindler, Durm, Billing, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Depoitre.
Liverpool v Manchester City, October 7: Alisson, Gomez, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Mane, Salah, Firmino.