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Roberto Firmino Recovery Ahead of Schedule

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Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino is ahead of schedule could be fit enough to make the bench against Tottenham but Christian Benteke remains sidelined.

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Despite initial reports that he could be out until the end of the month with a back injury, Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino is well ahead of schedule in his recovery and could be in contention to make the squad against Tottenham on Saturday.

He hasn't yet rejoined full training with his teammates, which would seem to rule him out as a starting option, but if he is cleared before the weekend—and that now appears a real possibility—he could be included on the bench. Firmino was injured in the League Cup match against Carlisle on September 23rd.

The news is less positive for Christian Benteke, who despite there being some hopes he would be available to face Spurs remains sidelined with a hamstring injury. Jordan Henderson also remains sidelined, as does Jon Flanagan. All the club's other players remain possibilities for Saturday.

Not all, though, are likely. Dejan Lovren has only begun to train after returning from injury, while Joe Gomez will be monitored over the next few days after he limped off the pitch while on England U21 duty. Despite a minor groin strain suffered with Brazil, Philippe Coutinho is fit and likely to start.

Meanwhile, after spending his first few days in charge with a reduced squad due to players still being off on international duty, Jürgen Klopp had the full squad at his disposal today for the first time as Nathaniel Clyne, Danny Ings, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, and Jordon Ibe all returned.

James Milner and Mamadou Sakho were allowed to return early from international duty and have trained with the new manager and those players without national team commitments since the start of the week.