Reinforcement for Liverpool when Thiago, Milner and Shaqiri return to training

The trio has not appeared for some time, but could be in quarrels during the holiday period

Liverpool got reinforcements as Thiago Alcantara, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri returned to training on Wednesday.

The trio has been on the sidelines for some time – Spanish international Thiago since October, and Milner and Shaqiri since November.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has faced injury problems for several players on his team, so it will be an incentive for them to be pictured in training in Kirkby on Wednesday.

Milner’s return will be welcome, as he can act in multiple positions, but a lot of attention will be on Thiago.

The midfielder has played in just two games since moving from Bayern Munich this summer.

Speaking about Thiago’s knee injury, Klopp said: “The day he got injured in that bad challenge in the Everton game, another serious injury happened and after the scan there was good and really bad news.

“[With Thiago] nothing was broken or cracked, but it was still a strong blow to the knee.

“The kick to the leg was so big it’s still not right. It’s not massive and he trains from time to time, not right now, because we have to realize we have to go further.”

His range of passing and ability to control the pace of games so far have not been badly missed, as the Reds have continued to feed to the top of the Premier League, but Klopp will try to get Thiago back into the squad as soon as possible.

But given the midfielder’s injury problems over the course of his career, the Reds are unlikely to rush him back into action. It is expected to be the same with Milner and Shaqiri, as Klopp will want to ensure they are in one hundred percent fitness before taking action.

The season has been extremely busy for Liverpool, which is challenging for domestic and European honors, but the holiday season is speeding things up.

Liverpool will face West Brom, Newcastle and Southampton within nine days during the Christmas and New Year period, and it will be interesting to see if Klopp will host the trio at any stage.

With Thiago, Milner and Shaqiri under their wing, only Kostas Tsimikas, Diogo Jota, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk remain in the treatment room in Liverpool.