Liverpool have been handed a massive injury boost ahead of a crunch Premier League clash with arch-rivals Manchester United as Reds boss Jurgen Klopp revealed that Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson and Giorginio Wijnaldum are all available for selection.
With the Premier League title effectively Manchester City’s, Liverpool and United are competing for second spot and the fact that the trio returns in time as the English giants renew a fiery rivalry will be welcome news for the Merseysiders.
The Liverpool skipper suffered a dead leg in the Reds’ 0-0 draw with FC Porto in mid-week and was a doubt for Saturday’s clash but seems to have recovered in time for their trip to Old Trafford.
Fullback Andy Robertson and midfielder Giorginio Wijnaldum missed the UEFA Champions League tie with the Dragoes as Klopp heavily rotated his squad with qualification virtually assured.
Liverpool had won the first leg away in Portugal 5-0 to effectively confirm their progression to the quarters and the German tactician could afford to rest players who were struggling with niggling injuries.
Long-term absentee Nathaniel Clyne is nearing a first-team return, Klopp confirmed, but added that the fullback is not yet ready to play a competitive fixture after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
“Clyney didn’t lose a percentage of his quality but he has no rhythm, one match in the last nine months or so,” Klopp stated as he continued, “That cannot be the same like it is with the other two boys, Joe (Gomez) and Trent (Alexander-Arnold)”.
Should Liverpool beat their eternal rivals in their own backyard on Saturday, they will go a point above them in the league table and with just eight games to go (After the Old Trafford encounter), that might just be enough to secure second spot.