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Wijnaldum Returns to Training, But No Sign of Milner

Gini Wijnaldum appears to be in contention for a return to the line-up, but the vice captain was absent following his head injury against United.

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Liverpool might get a double midfield boost in the upcoming game against West Brom. Adam Lallana is working his way back from injury, and was good enough for a half-hour showing against United (one in which the Reds looked much better for his inclusion), and now Georginio Wijnaldum has returned to training.

Whether Gini will be fit enough to start against West Brom is an open question, and one which Jürgen Klopp will likely address later today in his pre-match press conference. Given that we’re likely to see another, shall we say, “defensive” performance like we saw from Manchester United on Monday night from the Tony Pulis side, the inclusion of such attack-minded players like Lallana and Wijnaldum could be key in moving the parked bus.

On the other side of the coin, James Milner was a conspicuous absence from yesterday’s training session. He sustained what appeared to be a nasty concussion after a head-to-head collision with Marcus Rashford Monday night. Milner has, without a doubt, been very solid as a make-shift leftback, but Klopp has recently gone on record to praise Alberto Moreno for his efforts on the training pitch.

Moreno’s inconsistent form—particularly on the defensive side of things—is not news to anyone, so his probable inclusion on Saturday could be a point of concern. However, it might not be the worst to make a return to the starting XI against a team like West Brom. Hopefully some additional hard work on the training ground and time out of the limelight will translate to improved form from the young Spanish leftback.

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