Liverpool have been experienced a number of injury concerns in their squad over the beginning of the Premier League campaign, however, two players who were a doubt this week are now back in full training.
According to This is Anfield, Jordan Henderson and Nathaniel Phillips returned to full training on Saturday ahead of the clash with Manchester United on Monday.
As per the report, the pair were considered a concern after both were pictured training individually on Thursday, however, they were spotted on Saturday back in the mix with the squad in full training in time for their highly anticipated visit to Old Trafford.
There is no doubt that it would be a disaster for Liverpool to add any more players to their long list of injuries, so it is undeniably good news for Jurgen Klopp that both Henderson and Phillips are in training.
Despite Phillips’ minimal contribution over the last year, he provides cover for the right centre-back role alongside Virgil van Dijk when Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate are injured, with the player already needed to replace his team-mates in the starting line-up against Crystal Palace last week.
As a result, having the 25-year-old in the squad will give Klopp confidence that the position is covered going into the upcoming fixtures, as Konate remains sidelined.
However, is it the presence again of Liverpool captain Henderson that the German tactician will love the most.
He offers more than just the quality on the ball needed in the midfield three as the player’s leadership skills are unrivalled on the pitch for Klopp’s side, with Henderson guiding his team to a Premier League title, Champions League trophy, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
Indeed, Klopp once dubbed the skipper as the “loudest” on the pitch back in 2020, citing the following: “He is just a smart, thoughtful, caring person. A leader as well and you saw that in the summer when there were some issues with the players and they needed to find a solution and he was maybe the voice of the group.”
In a game as big as the one versus Manchester United tomorrow evening, the Reds will certainly need that voice and leadership in a match that is one of the most highly-anticipated Premier League fixtures on the calendar.
Not only will his leadership be a welcome addition but the very fact that Klopp will have an additional midfielder to select is good news considering it’s the one weakness in the squad.
Injuries have been piling up at Anfield but the centre of the pitch is currently suffering the most with Thiago Alcantara, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all sitting on the injury table for the foreseeable future, so having Henderson available is a very valuable asset for Liverpool going into the fierce battle at Old Trafford.
The Merseyside outfit are without a win in their first two fixtures so far, and Klopp will be hoping that his side can pick up where they left off last season against Manchester United, scoring nine goals and conceding zero over their two meetings with their monster Mancunian rivals.