Liverpool have received a huge double injury boost ahead of the Champions League clash with Porto after both Naby Keita and Neco Williams were declared fit enough to fly out with the rest of the first-team squad.
The pair weren’t part of Jurgen Klopp’s matchday squad over the weekend for the entertaining 3-3 draw with newly-promoted Brentford due to fitness concerns, but the German manager has confirmed they’re both available for this evening’s clash in Portugal.
“A big squad will travel. Twenty-three are with us, and apart from the longer-term injuries, they are all in. No, Thiago, Harvey (Elliott) and the rest available. No new concerns at the moment,” Klopp revealed in Monday’s press conference.
News that both Keita and Williams are available for selection will surely have Klopp buzzing ahead of a tricky encounter in Group B.
With Thiago and Elliott unavailable, Keita’s absence would have left the former Borussia Dortmund boss light on numbers in the midfield, while concerns over Trent Alexander-Arnold’s absence means Williams could be required to feature from the off at the Estadio do Dragao.
Porto will be tough opponents for the Reds, illustrated by their draw against Atletico Madrid last time out and Klopp was keen to stress that point when facing the press.
“We don’t count on points we don’t have already, it’s a tough group, so we should not waste time to get points,” the enigmatic 54-year-old said. “Atletico v Porto was a tough one, and if someone deserved to win it, it was Porto, so that says a lot. The team we face tomorrow.”
Liverpool have won on their previous two outings in Porto’s backyard and their chances of making it three successive victories have significantly increased following the return of Keita and Williams, both of whom could start tonight’s big clash.