Naby Keita will miss Liverpool’s trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton on Saturday, Jürgen Klopp has confirmed.
The midfielder will sit out the Merseyside derby due to a fitness issue; however, the Reds have no other fresh injury concerns to contend with following the international break.
Elsewhere, Alisson Becker is making positive progress in his rehabilitation, while Thiago Alcantara, Sadio Mane and Joel Matip returned to training at Melwood during the recess and could come into contention against the Blues.
Klopp told his pre-match press conference: “[It’s] very, very positive with Ali, it looks really good. [He's] made big steps. I don’t have a timeframe, but it looks really good.
“That’s it, pretty much. Naby will not be ready. Apart from that, long-term of course, Oxlade-Chamberlain is not and so on, but they all came back healthy from the internationals.”
On Thiago and Mane, who tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the international break, the manager added: “We all learn on a daily basis about it. They are in training for five or six days [now].
“Then, of course, we assess that every day. We have our specific measurements, how we do it with heart rate and how we can measure if they are more fatigued than usual and stuff like this.
“They both looked really good, to be honest. We are very close with the doctors and we don’t want to – and would never – risk anybody.
“Usually in these cases, in at least the last three, four of five days of the quarantine the boys are already ready. They cannot come out of quarantine, but they are on treadmills, on the bike and these kind of things so when they start training again it is not that they start from nil. They have still a proper shape, so it should be fine.
“So many things are new in the moment and this is one of the things which is really new, but we try to be as sensible as possible.”