February 22, 2024

 

Liverpool duo may soon give Jürgen Klopp exactly what he needs after return ‘hope’ outlined.

Jürgen Klopp should have two more options at his disposal soon, and they could be exactly what Liverpool needs at the moment amid a potential title bid.

Jürgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool, arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Liverpool FC at American Express Community Stadium on October 08, 2023 in Brighton, England.

Jürgen Klopp is in for a double Liverpool boost when two players make their returns.(Image: Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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Jürgen Klopp has not had things too bad on the injury front so far this campaign. Liverpool has had its fair share of problems, but that’s frankly a welcome change, with a disproportionate number of setbacks plaguing the club last season.

A blow for Andy Robertson while away with Scotland will provide an unpleasant complication, but he joins a list that is not especially extensive. Klopp will nonetheless contend with a selection headache for the Everton game, with four Liverpool stars facing a short turnaround when they arrive back from South America, but the treatment room is not too crowded just yet.

Of course, Liverpool needs to get through the rest of the international break, and all Klopp can do in that respect is cross his fingers. But assuming there are no more casualties, he will have a strong squad at his disposal when club football returns.

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It’s not a great mystery how Liverpool has cleared up its fitness record. Allowing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keïta to leave got rid of two of the most injury-prone players on the roster, with younger and more durable midfielders taking their place.

One survivor of the midfield cull was Thiago. He has single-handedly been responsible for a good chunk of Liverpool’s minutes missed through injury in the current campaign, having suffered a couple of setbacks when it appeared he was on the brink of a return to action. This all stems from a hip complaint that arose last season.

Into the final year of his contract, it seems likely he will ultimately suffer the same fate as Keïta and Oxlade-Chamberlain, allowed to move on at the end of his deal. But in the short term, his return will be a major boost to Klopp.

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