Liverpool will continue to monitor the fitness of Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita as they close in on a return to action.

Jürgen Klopp reported on Friday the duo are making good progress in their respective rehabilitation programmes; however, he confirmed the Reds will err on the side of caution with the midfielders.

The manager told his pre-West Ham United press conference: “Both are on a good way, that’s how it is with rehab or recovery.

“You saw the incident, how it happened, with Thiago so that obviously needs now a little bit of time to settle.

“Nobody can say exactly how long because nothing is ruptured and nothing is broken or stuff like this. He’s desperate to make the next steps.

“If he will be ready for tomorrow, we will see. Same with Naby, just a different kind of injury, I would say.

“The thing is then, when the boys train normally, in an ideal world you give them enough time to prepare for not only one game but for the next 10, 15 or 20 games – or 30 or 40 games.

“If somebody is in training again that doesn’t mean you can use them immediately. Sometimes we have to, but as much as we can avoid it we should try to do that.

“I don’t feel in a rush with the boys. We have a meeting with the medical department every day and they tell me how it looks in a specific case and that’s the information I work with.

“I cannot rush it and I’m not in the mood to do it, so I just make sure with the available boys we make the best of the situation.”