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 of Liverpool competes with Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City during the Premier League match at Anfield on September 10, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool competes with Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City during the Premier League match at Anfield on September 10, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

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.

Liverpool's Adam Lallana in action against Manchester United during the Premier League match at Anfield. Photo by James Maloney
Liverpool’s Adam Lallana in action against Manchester United during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Photo by James Maloney via Liverpool Echo)

“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.”

Veselin Trajkovic

A sports enthusiast, Liverpool FC fan, writing for several blogs, likes to focus on football for what it is, rather than stats or bias. Writing for FOAR since its inception.

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17 thoughts on “Wijnaldum set for Liverpool return against WBA”

  1. Spent half an hour watching solely Gini in the Holland game and all he did was focus on where he was and where he needed to be. I hardly saw him touch the ball because every time the French went forward they had to re-adjust because his positioning was so good. As someone who played in attack i never really noticed the focus and diligence it takes to play this role well and he was bang on it

  2. An early goal for us would hopefully make for a better game, I think my prediction would be 2-0, or 2-1 for us,and I agree with those who would like to see Danny Ings get a chance at some stage tomorrow.

  3. We quickly forget how influential Can was last year. The disruption against the Scum was more down to their tactics and not having Coutinho, Firmino and Mane as the front 3 with Lallana in behind. I would say that was more critical that the Gini, Can comparison. I think both of them can bring similar attributes to the game and one or the other will not diminish our effectiveness that much

    1. I think the 3 CM thing didn’t work without lallana and Gini. Can was taking a lot of touches while Gini moves it very quickly on.
      I think that’s why we weren’t very effective against Utd, it all started from the midfield.

  4. Hendo and Lallana should be inspiration for young English boys especially for our academy kids. They are an example of what hard work can lead you to.

    Really looking forward for wijmaldum to score goals. I think soon we will see him in no.10 role against spurs where I anticipate a change in formation. Wonder if he will ever again score amazing 4 goals again.

    Talking about teams like WBA I would really love klopp to bring in players that are really strong especially in air. Kouyate of West ham is one that come to mind. Can play as a DM and CM. Tall and strong.

    Any other players that comes to your mind? In any positions.

        1. Still have Sakho on the boooks…Klavan and Lovren aren’t small either.The young lads, Gomez and Grujic, still need to bulk up like Origi did.Matip is pretty tall. Brought in Wijnaldum in for more presence in midfield as opposed to Allen. I don’t think the tall strong players up front would suit the style we looking to impose so perhaps we have a good balance already.

          1. You are right. That’s some strong team for the near future.

            But you will definitely agree with me that we lack a really good set pieces taker to utilise the strengths of grujic, matip loveren etc.

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