Despite four consecutive Premier League wins, Liverpool found themselves literally limping to the October international break. Adam Lallana got an early start to the vacation, coming off in the 23rd minute with a groin strain. And although both Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne finished the match against Swansea, they could not participate in international duty because of slight knocks picked up during the match.
However, it seems that Lovren and Clyne have worked themselves back into contention for the big showdown against Manchester Untied on Monday night. The two defenders were seen in Wednesday’s full training. This should give Jürgen Klopp his first choice back line against the fiercest of fierce rivals.
Unfortunately Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum were noticeable absentees in the training session. Wijnaldum fell victim to a hamstring injury while on international duty for the Netherlands, and remains doubtful for Monday night. With two of his three first-choice midfielders out, Klopp has some tough decisions to make ahead of one of the most intense games of the season.
Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge are healthy, but recovering from international duty with England, and therefore did not participate in training. And lastly, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino were still making their way back from Brazil.