Another week, another ever-changing list of injured Liverpool players at Melwood. The good news is that there aren’t any new surprises this week. Joël Matip is still working his way back to full fitness. Nathaniel Clyne is still a person out there in the world who used to play football. Jürgen Klopp shed some light on his team’s state of damage at today’s pre-Bournemouth press conference.
“Joël is in a good way, running outside,” said Klopp. “Not available for the weekend, of course. Same for Clyney.
“Daniel, we have to wait on how he improved since yesterday.”
It’s been just a minor hamstring strain that’s kept Daniel Sturridge out of the squad but Klopp has always made it a point to not push or overwork that oft-fragile Sturridge body. It sounds like we might be okay to expect the England striker on the bench for Sunday, though.
Joe Gomez should be in the Bournemouth squad, as well. But his availability for the starting eleven seems uncertain. The young, Liverpool defender came into the West Brom match from the bench to spell Trent Alexander-Arnold, but has apparently been dealing with a handful of small knocks.
“A few little things with Joe,” Klopp said of Gomez. “Not from the game, Joe had a little bit before, that’s why we left him out. But he should be okay.”
The manager stated emphatically that Alberto Moreno has “no chance for Sunday” while also acknowledging the Spaniard has been looking good in his rehab. Just “not good enough.”
That puts James Milner and Andy Robertson into play for the left back position at Bournemouth. Both have a few knocks kicking around but Klopp assures that they should both be in contention at the weekend. My vote would be for Robertson to have another go. For consistency sake. Get a rhythm going. Milner doesn’t particulary want the job anyway. Team Robbo.
Klopp also delivered some good news for Team Adam Lallana. The fancy-footwork aficionado is on the cusp of a return to regular first-team action after being out of the team since the first Christmas. Hopefully, Bournemouth won’t be too much of a culture shock for him.
“Adam is back in full and normal training,” Klopp said. “I think if nothing changes since yesterday then he will be ready for squad at least.
Lallana being of great use to Liverpool during this heavily-fixtured stretch is an understatement. In fact, just think of all the times this season that a simple Cruyff turn would have turned a match on it’s head. Incalculable.