Ahead of Monday’s clash with rival Manchester United, Liverpool has been handed a double injury boost with the returns of Nathaniel Clyne and Dejan Lovren to training.
The defensive duo missed out on international obligations with England and Croatia during the break, but now appear set to return to first-team action after training Wednesday at the club’s Melwood base.
Clyne, who missed out on World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia, has overcome a minor knee concern, while Lovren pulled out of matches against Kosovo and Finland after picking up a groin injury in the closing moments of an Oct. 1 victory over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.
The return to training for the pair of defenders could have a massive impact ahead of Monday’s visit from United, especially since Clyne and Lovren, alongside James Milner and Joel Matip, appear to be Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice backline.
Joining Clyne and Lovren in training was striker Divock Origi, who returned from Belgium obligations unscathed, while Brazilians Roberto Firmino and Philippe Countino and Three Lions duo Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson have yet to report to training.
It wasn’t all good news at Melwood, as influential midfielders Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum both face a race for fitness as the Reds look to win a fifth league match on the bounce.