Liverpool will still likely be without Adam Lallana, Joël Matip, and Alberto Moreno against West Brom when the two sides face off in a mid-week league game tomorrow, though at least in the case of Lallana the news is positive according to manager Jürgen Klopp.
“Adam is good,” Klopp insisted when asked about Lallana’s status—and his absence in recent weeks. “He is training completely normal but we need him for the next weeks and should not need him for tomorrow so now we need to see how we can bring him to match fitness.”
Following a cameo return against Chelsea at the end of November, Lallana hasn’t made the bench for three league games and missed out on the Champions League tie against Spartak Moscow where Liverpool secured their place in the knockout rounds.
This has led to concerns that perhaps the midfielder wasn’t really fit and ready to go again following his lengthy injury layoff, but Klopp has maintained all along that it’s about getting him up to match fitness and looking ahead to a long and strenuous season.
Things aren’t quite as positive when it comes to Matip and Moreno, though. Matip, despite hopes for a brief and largely precautionary layoff for his thigh strain, isn’t running yet, and a precise timeframe for Moreno’s recovery from his ankle injury remains unknown.
“There’s nothing new and serious after last game,” Klopp added, “but Moreno isn’t ready for sure and Joël Matip is not in training.”