Liverpool face Crystal Palace in the Premier League this weekend.
Reds ’injury problems seem to be calming down shortly after Joel Matip and Naby Keita stepped aside in a 7-0 win at Crystal Palace.
There was also the occasional scene of Thiago Alcantara returning to team training after a knee injury, as well as James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri who also took part in Wednesday’s session.
The Premier League champions have had to deal with a number of blows this season, including significant absences by Virgil van Dijk, Thiago and Joe Gomez.
Klopp is just one of a number of Premier League managers who have expressed dissatisfaction with the decision not to allow five substitutions in each game to manage the fitness and well-being of the players.
Here are the latest updates on Liverpool’s injury list, including all the details of when their return can be expected.
Thiago has not played since receiving a knee injury against Everton in October.
He has now stepped up his rehab and was pictured training in Kirkby on Wednesday.
There has been much speculation that the Spanish international should return to the Reds soon and is now seen at the AXA Training Center joining the warm-up and sharing a joke with Jurgen Klopp, while at the same time showing off his skills with the ball at his feet.
It’s unclear whether Thiago joined the main session or just the warm-up, but if he manages to train fully along with his teammates and repeats it on Christmas, he will come into conflict with West Brom at Anfield on Sunday.
The midfielder limped with a tendon problem during a 1-1 draw with Brighton at Amex Stadium last month.
Jurgen Klopp confirmed the injury ahead of the Champions League match against Ajax, but the veteran midfielder was shown in training on Wednesday as stuck in a fight and being fully involved in the session suggesting a return to action could be close.
The striker added his name to Liverpool’s absentees last month after scans revealed he had a muscle problem while in Switzerland.
“As far as I know, Shaq had a small muscle injury in the national team, which he didn’t really realize, and then he trained with us,” Reds boss Klopp said after his team’s win over Leicester.
“We gave him a day off, and he came back and was involved in the session, but she wasn’t fully involved, he just did a little bit.
“After that he felt a little bit, and then we made a recording and they found out it was an injury from five or six days ago.
“No one knew about it, not even Shaq. Such things sometimes stand. So he couldn’t be involved. ”
Shaqiri, however, is pictured during team training at the AXA Training Center on Wednesday for the first time since the injury, and could be seen knocking on football and warming up along with his teammates.
Jota will miss about two months of action after suffering a knee injury last week.
Speaking ahead of the game against Fulham, Jurgen Klopp said: “The first thought was that it was better than we thought at the time, so after everything potential surgeons looked at, no surgery was needed, but it will come out on the dock.”
Only recently after an injury, like Jota, did the quarterback try to nail Midtjylland to the Champions League.
While Klopp was giving news about Jota on the weekends after the game in Denmark, he also mentioned Tsimikas: “We don’t know exactly [on Jota], but yes, one and a half, two months [out]. We don’t know exactly. Otherwise it’s similar with Costas Tsimikas, unbelievable. “
Liverpool defender Gomez operated on the tendon of his left knee.
Gomez underwent successful tendon repair surgery after suffering an injury during training with England the day before.
“[It is] difficult, but the operation was successful, so he is now recovering from the operation and then starting rehabilitation, ”Klopp said.
“He is with his family, so he is in the best possible place, I would say. That’s it, pretty much. Rehab has now begun.
“After the surgery you count backwards from that moment and we help as much as we can, but for the first few days all the boys after the surgery feel pretty lonely.
“But when you have a family nearby – and that’s the case for him – then that’s the best it can be, that’s it.”
No time frame has been set for Gomez’s recovery, with Liverpool not ruling out the possibility of the center-back playing again in this campaign.
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Virgil van Dijk
Liverpool will be without Van Dijk most of the season at least after suffering a serious ACL injury against Everton.
He underwent a successful operation in London, but Liverpool are reluctant to set a time frame upon his return.
However, he has already been filmed working with the club’s coaches at the gym.
Van Dijk will probably be far from continuing to work with the balls on the pitch, but the images will undoubtedly be a boost for the Liverpool squad that has been plagued by injury problems all season.
Klopp gave news of the situation on Monday, saying: “Virgil is a very positive person and since he overcame the shock of the actual injury, he is in a really good mood and is working hard on his return.
“But this is a very long, long-lasting injury, so it was still, I have to say, a crazy challenge that I still don’t understand. I don’t think about it, but you ask me and it comes up.
“It’s a very, very serious injury and it’s going to take time, but he’s taking steps he can take at the moment.”