Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has provided the latest updates throughout his squad ahead of today’s early kick-off against Burnley.
The Reds welcome Sean Dyche’s charges to Anfield looking to exact some revenge over the Clarets after they ended the Merseysiders’ 68-game unbeaten home run in the league last season, and they will be boosted by the return of two key players.
Midfield duo Thiago and Jordan Henderson weren’t involved in the matchday squad last weekend for Liverpool’s opening-day victory at Norwich City, but Klopp has confirmed that both are in contention to start this time around.
“Much closer, they look fine, and we have to make the decision. It was a good training week, so it’s up to me to make the decisions,” the German said about the pair in Friday’s press conference.
He also touched upon the likelihood of Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain making way for the returning duo, although he was keen not to give too much away.
“Go through their qualities; you can write a book on that. There are a lot of good players in this squad, and we will change independent of performances in the last game. We will see,” Klopp teased.
Although a midfield consisting of Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner performed admirably at Carrow Road, Klopp must be delighted to have Thiago and Henderson available for selection once again.
After a slow start to life on English shores, the Spaniard began to showcase his truly world-class ability towards the end of last season, and his inclusion could be crucial if Liverpool are to break down a stubborn Burnley defence.
With Brazil international Fabinho a doubt due to personal bereavement, Henderson’s return to match fitness will also be a big relief for the former Borussia Dortmund boss.
Three points last weekend will mean nothing if the 19-time English champions slip up on home soil this afternoon, but Klopp will surely be much more confident going into the fixture with two of his midfield generals back in action.