After being admitted to hospital and missing training on Wednesday, the Liverpool manager seems to be well. He has reported back to work and is expected to take charge of the team for the game against Southampton on Saturday, according to Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph who adds that Klopp was released from hospital after a few hours. Good news indeed.
The team will be significantly boosted by the long-awaited return of Adam Lallana. The attacking midfielder has declared himself “ready”.
Philippe Coutinho has featured for Brazil during the international break and is therefore fit and ready as well.
Sadio Mane has come back from his duties with Senegal with a slight recurrence of his hamstring injury, but he’s still likely to feature. Whether he’ll start or be kept as an attack-boosting weapon from the bench at some point of the second half remains to be seen.
Jordan Henderson is also looking like he’ll win the race for fitness in time to make the team, so basically, it’s good news all-round. For once.
Mohamed Salah should be well-rested, while the performance Joe Gomez put in for England against Brazil should mean a place on the bench for Trent Alexander-Arnold, unless the boss decides to give it to Andy Robertson.
As for the rest of the top-four contenders, Manchester City play Leicester at the King Power Stadium, Manchester United host Rafa Benitez and his Newcastle, Chelsea are away at West Brom, while Arsenal welcome Tottenham Hotspur in the North-London Derby, a game which will see Liverpool either gain some ground on Spurs or step away from Arsenal in the Premier League table – if the Reds themselves do not drop any points against the Saints.
The full fixture-list:
Arsenal vs Spurs
AFC Bournemouth vs Huddersfield Town
Burnley vs Swansea City
Crystal Palace vs Everton
Leicester City vs Manchester City
Liverpool vs Southampton
West Bromwich Albion vs Chelsea
Manchester United vs Newcastle United
Watford vs West Ham United
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Stoke City
And an interesting fact to spice the things up: the last three Southampton goals at Anfield were scored by Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Sadio Mane.
If they must score, who do you fancy?
It was definitely too good to be true.
According to James Pearce of Liverpool Echo, Joel Matip has missed training due to a thigh injury and is therefore set to miss the Southampton clash.
Pearce believes this means that Dejan Lovren will return into the line-up alongside Ragnar Klavan, but there is always the option of moving Joe Gomez into the middle with Alexander-Arnold on the right defensive flank.
Whatever the manager decides, the absence of Matip at the heart of defence is certainly a huge blow and an anti-climax after the good news of Coutinho, Lallana, Mane and Henderson all returning.