Wijnaldum set for Liverpool return against WBA
Klopp reports an almost full squad for visit of Tony Pulis’s men with Lallana also training normally.
Georginio Wijnaldum is set to make a Liverpool return on Saturday as Jurgen Klopp reported good news on the Reds’ injury list ahead of the visit of West Bromwich Albion.
The Dutch midfielder missed Monday’s Anfield clash with Manchester United with a hip injury but appears ready to make his return this weekend.
The Reds manager said that the game against United had left his team with a few knocks and kicks but at this stage no-one was ruled out of the 5.30pm kick-off against Tony Pulis’s men.
Ahead of the game, Klopp also updated his pre-match press conference on the Adam Lallana situation.
The former Southampton man was fit only for the bench against Jose Mourinho’s team but has been able to train without problems so far this week, with WBA representing possibly his 100th appearance for Liverpool.
Checks on James Milner also appear to have gone well with the Reds boss suggesting there are few problems in his squad.
Klopp said: “Actually in this moment there’s nothing really to moan about. We had a few kicks and things like this in the game (Man United) and still felt after the game but no-one is ruled out at the moment. Gini (Wijnaldum) is on the way back, that’s good and if nothing happens today or tomorrow we’ve got quite a big squad to choose from.”
On Lallana, Klopp added: “It was a very intensive game against Manchester United and coming in with fresh legs is not the worst thing. He’s a very good footballer, very important for us. In my opinion his development is not that big because I didn’t watch the games before I came. But since I’m here he’s on a constant high level.
“Of course with all the improvement in the team he can take the benefit of this too but he brings a lot of his qualities to the team.
“In a special game against Manchester United with his quality and fresh legs, he has to make a difference. You have to see a high quality player full of energy and that’s what he did. It was not enough for us, maybe not long enough whatever, but it’s all good with Adam.
“This week he could train properly until now so everything is good.
“When he was very young he was already captain of Southampton, so that says a lot about him. He’s a smart boy and now at an age where experience helps you more and more if you are smart enough. That’s what he uses. He’s a real Liverpool player, loves this club.
“He made a difficult change I read when we played Southampton. Obviously Southampton still miss him. A lot of players left Southampton in the last few years but with Adam they are still not happy that he is not there any more. That says a lot about his quality and influence he had already at Southampton. Now he’s here and I am really happy about this fact.”