In turn, the Reds manager will be boosted by the possibility both Naby Keita and Dejan Lovren will likely be at his disposal this weekend, allowing him to rotate his squad perhaps. Neither James Milner nor Xherdan Shaqiri are expected to recover in time though, and so it stays to be seen when they’ll be available.
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp was quizzed on Friday about Sadio Mane after the influential ace was forced off in the win against Wolverhampton Wanderers in midweek, but the German manager wasn’t able to offer an update as his star player was undergoing scans to determine the full extent of a possible hamstring injury.
Time will tell if Sadio is set for a spell on the sidelines, as if he is forced to miss matches, it will be a huge blow for the Reds with the Champions League also returning next month. Mane has bagged 15 goals and 11 assists in 31 games so far this campaign, and so any time he misses will be a setback for the Merseyside club.
Reds are back in action with West Ham next Wednesday night and face Southampton and Norwich City before the trip to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on February 18.
Given how they have dominated domestically so far this year, it wouldn’t be a shock to see them collect maximum points in those matches, while it will be a real test of their character and quality going up against Diego Simeone and his men in the Spanish capital.