Liverpool will return to action in the Premier League after almost a month on Saturday afternoon, hosting Brighton and Hove Albion at Anfield and now an early team update has emerged from a reliable source.
The Athletic’s Liverpool reporter James Pearce has outlined the current state of play in the club’s ongoing injury problems ahead of the game tomorrow.
Pearce wrote in an article for the publication that Ibrahima Konate, Calvin Ramsey and Jordan Henderson will all finally be available for selection after recovering from injury, however, Andy Robertson, Curtis Jones and Naby Keita continue their recovery and are unlikely to make an appearance against Brighton.
There is no doubt that Jurgen Klopp will be relieved to have some of his players back and ready for selection after the prolonged break as his team faces nine fixtures over the month of October.
The Reds will take on Brighton, Arsenal, Manchester City, West Ham United, Nottingham Forest, Leeds United, Ajax and Rangers twice before November in a very congested month of football, and the Liverpool manager will be desperately hoping they can come out of the other side of it with results, momentum and good form.
The Merseysiders are currently suffering their worst start to a Premier League season under Klopp since he joined the club back in 2015, and are currently 8th in the league table, nine points off the top spot but there are many opportunities over the next few weeks to rectify that especially playing both Arsenal and Man City.
Having Konate back in the matchday squad will give the defensive line a huge boost over the upcoming fixtures as the young centre-back proved last season he was a standout performer, especially in the Champions League campaign that led to another final for Liverpool.
The 23-year-old Frenchman scored twice, made 1.6 interceptions, two tackles and 2.9 clearances per game, as well as winning 59% of his duels combined and successfully completing the majority of his dribbles (67%), earning Klopp’s trust to start in the final against Real Madrid where he was one of the highest rated players (7.5) in the defeat.
With that being said, Klopp will be hoping the extended break will have given his team enough time to build their confidence and come back fighting over the months and weeks ahead before the club breaks again for the World Cup, as Liverpool cannot afford to drop more points if they want to be in with a chance of competing for the title.