Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has refused to confirm whether some of those close to full fitness would be back in time to face Leicester this weekend. Liverpool have a number of injury issues to contend with already with both Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk ruled out for most of the season.
There was some good news on Thursday after it emerged that Van Dijk had already begun some light recovery training.
His return is still likely months away though with Klopp concentrating on those players who are available to him now.
While a few players picked up knocks during the international break, there was also the chance for a handful of Klopp’s first team to get in some crucial recovery.
Thiago Alcantara has only featured twice for Liverpool this season since joining from Bayern Munich in the summer.
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He’s been recovering from an injury sustained against Everton.
Fabinho meanwhile has missed Liverpool’s last three games due to a hamstring issue he picked up against Atalanta.
And Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is yet to feature this campaign having been sidelined since August.
All three players have been pictured training this week at Liverpool’s new state-of-the-art training facility at Kirkby.
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But Klopp refused to confirm whether any of them would be fit in time to face Leicester on Sunday.
“They [Thiago and Fabinho] are in a good way. Ox is in a good way,” he said.
“They are closer but we will see if they are close enough for the weekend.”
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Liverpool currently sit joint-second in the table having won five of their opening eight games.
Leicester though have been the early pace-setters with Brendan Rodgers’ side currently top.
With both Gomez and Van Dijk injured for Liverpool, Klopp will be hoping Fabinho is fit to line up alongside Joel Matip.
If the Brazilian isn’t deemed fit enough to make his return, the Liverpool boss may call upon one of the young centre-back options such as Nat Phillips.
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