With Fabinho and Joël Matip both returning from injury against Manchester United, Liverpool’s lengthy injury list was eased, as was the headache that resulted from it for Jürgen Klopp. Tonight against Wolves, it will be further lessened.
At least one more player is expected to be fit enough to make the matchday squad, with Dejan Lovren having taken part in full training this week. Elsewhere in injury news, the rest of Liverpool’s injured continue to inch their way back towards fitness.
“Dejan trained now since the start of the week, Monday,” Klopp said of the returning defender. “[James Milner] is not in team training, Naby [Keïta] is not in team training, and [Xherdan Shaqiri] is not in team training but they are all back soon.”
All of which means that after a month or two where the biggest question for Klopp was how he would avoid exhausting his fit senior players during a period of fixture congestion, soon he will have to worry about finding enough playing time to go around.
Even Lovren’s returns complicates that, removing one headache but perhaps adding another, as with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez expected to start and Matip having returned on Sunday, Lovren might not even have a place on the bench.
Still, it’s certain all Liverpool’s returning injured players will be needed with Liverpool still in the thick of three competitions as they look to win their first league title in three decades, defend their European crown, and perhaps even take a run at the FA Cup.
For the likes of Lovren—and Matip as well—it’s the FA Cup that will likely give them their chance to argue for playing time, with Liverpool expected to run out a fully changed side from tonight’s Wolves match on the weekend against Shrewsbury.