The big injury news coming away from Liverpool’s win at Wolves on Thursday concerns Sadio Mané’s hamstring but with Jürgen Klopp quickly shifting focus to an FA Cup fourth round match with Shrewsbury Town on Sunday, the manager might be more concentrated on which players he has coming available.
Sadio Mané was going through his scan at the time of Klopp’s pre-Shrewsbury press conference so the manager couldn’t provide an update on the muscle injury. Elsewhere on the pitch, however, there may be a couple of important players returning to full fitness, allowing Klopp to keep his team fresh.
“Dejan trained completely normally,” said Klopp. “He should be fine.
“I think for Shaq and Millie it’s too early. Naby, we will have to see. My information is that he will be part of training today and then we have to see.
“It was not too long, but how he looks and so on.”
“For the boys that didn’t play longer than a half yesterday, today will be a very, very important session and kind of an intense session.
“It’s minus two [days] to the game so there is always intensity. We will see if he can be part of that completely – then he would be an option. If not, then not.”
I’d expect to see Dejan Lovren in defense on Sunday, maybe partnering Joël Matip. Naby Keita is another story. As injury prone as Keita has been, it may be wise to give him extra time. On the other hand, give him 25 or 30 minutes of the second half and see how he holds up.
Liverpool’s midfield has taken an injury hit and Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum have run a lot of miles since losing James Milner at the beginning of the month. Fabinho’s return to the squad couldn’t have been timed better. Now, if Keita is up to full power by Wednesday’s match at West Ham, I think Klopp may have just weathered the storm and regular rotation will resume.