It’s not the “all-clear” injury news that Liverpool supporters are waiting for but today Jürgen Klopp shed a little light on the healing bodies of Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana.
Clyne missed the club’s entire preseason and has spent all of August and September watching Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez vie for his once-locked starting right back position. While Lallana picked up a bad case of thigh injury at the tail end of preseason in a match against Atletico Madrid and has missed the Red’s topsy turvy form across all competitions so far.
But there’s good news and then there’s good news.
“Both are doing really well, but, are not in team training,” said Klopp at today’s pre-Newcastle press conference. “But both are in a really good way.
“With Clyne there was one or two weeks we were not sure. But now he’s made real steps and it’s really cool.
This progress is likely to be slow and we shouldn’t expect Nathaniel Clyne to return to first team training for quite a while but the absence of any recovery hiccups has to be seen as a plus for the England fullback.
“And Adam is completely normal,” the manager added. “That’s from the first day how we thought it would be.”
Liverpool have missed Adam Lallana in the attacking band this season. Especially when Philippe Coutinho was out of the team. Lallana’s cleverness on the ball, particularly in tight spaces, makes it easier for the Reds to get into the final third and to create goalscoring chances.
“He’s now outside running. He has no problems anymore. We just have to wait until the tendon is a tendon again.
So, you cannot rush this. But so far no setbacks. Everything’s fine.”