NewsPep Lijnders provides fitness update on Bajcetic, Bradley, Doak and Thiago
Pepijn Lijnders has provided updates on the fitness statuses of Stefan Bajcetic, Conor Bradley, Ben Doak and Thiago Alcantara ahead of Liverpool’s trip to AFC Bournemouth.
The Reds will continue to be without Bajcetic and Thiago, while Bradley and Doak have taken steps forward in their ongoing recoveries from injury.
Elsewhere, Andy Robertson’s rehabilitation from surgery on a shoulder issue is now under way.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com ahead of the Carabao Cup fourth-round tie with Bournemouth on Wednesday night, assistant manager Lijnders said: “Conor is not in team training but he is getting really close, he is with the ball, he is doing all these things with [Andreas] Schlumberger and that looks promising.
“It will be great to have him back because we know that he can be a really attacking threat on our right side.
“Ben Doak trained yesterday [for the] first time, how Ben Doak is: full of energy, a big heart, always wanting to go. Good to see that, really good to see him back.
“Robbo speaks for itself – he had his operation and that all went to plan. He is one of our captains, so that says I think enough.
“And with Stefan, he’s not available at the moment and we’re working with the medical team to discuss how we introduce him over the coming period.”
On Thiago, Lijnders added in his pre-match press conference: “We really miss him but that will take time, he will not be available. He is an unbelievable professional and an unbelievable guy. We hope to get him back soon.”