Neither is close to getting a place on the bench on Tuesday against Leicester City in the league cup, but both Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana are getting closer to the point where they could soon be in that conversation. So said Jürgen Klopp when he spoke to the media at today’s pre-match press conference.
“Clyney had his third or fourth run outside yesterday,” the Liverpool manager noted when asked about the duo, both of whom would be expected to start regularly were it not for their current injury situations. “Not the highest intensity, but a bit step and he has coped well so far. Adam is close to running, too.”
Clyne has been out since pre-season with an unspecified back injury, which some speculation—unconfirmed by the club—that he could have suffered a fracture similar to the one that sidelined Sheyi Ojo last season. Lallana, meanwhile, has been sidelined over the same period due to a minor hamstring tear.
In other injury news, Danny Ings continues to work his way back from injury and is not expected to be in line to make an appearance on Tuesday with it more likely he will be given time with the U23s on Monday night, but Dejan Lovren is expected to at least make the bench and could start if he’s fit enough.
“Dejan should be okay for tomorrow,” Klopp added. “We will see. If we can sit him out today it’s likely he will be ready for tomorrow. We will have to see how we can line up at centre half, and then ask if Joe [Gomez] at centre half or fullback. We will see how we can do this.”