According to Paul Joyce, several Liverpool players including all of the South American members of the squad were back in training today ahead of the Manchester City clash this weekend.
The Reds return to action in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon with one of their most challenging and high-profile fixtures of the season – Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
There is just one point difference as it stands between the two league title rivals, as Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp come face to face once again in a fixture that grips football fans all over the world and a victory for Liverpool would further threaten the treble winners in their pursuit for further glory.
The Merseyside giants could go two points clear of the Sky Blues in the early kick-off and would rightfully steal the top spot from them, something that Liverpool supporters would no doubt relish after years of battle with Guardiola’s side.
International break saw 18 members of the Liverpool squad making an impact for their respective nations as Dominik Szoboszlai, Luis Diaz, Mohamed Salah, Harvey Elliott and Darwin Nunez all found the back of the net multiple times for their countries, whilst Cody Gakpo also scored one for the Netherlands – totalling 15 goals across the board.
Now Klopp will be hoping that his superstars can emulate their international stage performances by bringing home three points from Manchester on Saturday.
The Times’ correspondent Paul Joyce has delivered further positive news ahead of the game.
Joyce tweeted this afternoon:
“Liverpool’s South American contingent, Curtis Jones, Ryan Gravenberch and Ibrahima Konate all training today ahead of Manchester City game.”
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Liverpool have had to battle with a number of injury concerns this season with Thiago Alcantara, Andy Robertson, Curtis Jones, Ryan Gravenberch, Joe Gomez, Ibrahima Konate and Stefan Bajcetic all on the unavailable list at the begin of the international break.
However, both Klopp and Liverpool fans will be delighted with the training ground update delivered by Joyce this afternoon as it suggests that three of those concerns may now be resolved.
Curtis Jones suffered a low-grade hamstring injury in the first week of November, but was not considered serious by the German coach who predicted that the talented midfielder would return to action when Premier League football resumes.
Ibrahima Konate has a reputation for picking up injuries that see him side-lined for multiple weeks and months at a time, however, like Jones, the Frenchman’s latest fitness problem was deemed ‘not serious’ by Klopp, and considering he is back on the grass in full team training today it is looking promising for a return in time for Man City.
Ryan Gravenberch was the third and final player to be named in Joyce’s update and the Netherlands native will certainly be an asset considered by Klopp in the centre of the pitch if he has fully recovered from his small knee injury.
Despite being back in full team training today, it remains to be seen whether they will be fully fit and available to be part of the trip to Manchester on Saturday and we will likely gain a full insight into the squad availability when Klopp speaks in his press conference on Friday.