Sadio Mane and Joel Matip could be set for starts as Jurgen Klopp takes his Liverpool side to face a resurgent Hull City.
Liverpool have endured a truly terrible January in terms of results. Bowing out of both the domestic cup competitions along with poor results in the Premier League has seen the Reds go a full month without a win in the league.
But, Jurgen Klopp could very well reinstate Joel Matip and Sadio Mane in the starting eleven in an attempt to arrest the rut they find themselves in. Sadio Mane, especially, has been pivotal in the Reds’ charge towards the top and his absence has been telling.
As far as other injury issues are concerned, Klopp confirmed in his pre-match conference that, apart from the long-term absentees Danny Ings, Ovie Ejaria and Marko Grujic, he has everyone else available for selection.
Klopp said,“ We had, before the [Chelsea] game, a few issues. We had still Clyney with the [rib] problem, but he was really fine, Hendo was really fine, Dejan Lovren was then really fine. Nothing else really happened in the game so they should be all in training today.”
All eyes are likely to be the on the attacking quartet of Adam Lallana, Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane and whether they can replicate their early season chemistry and red hot scoring streak, something which becomes of paramount importance as at the present moment.
On the other hand, Hull City have a lot of injury issues to address but Marco Silva will still be buoyed by the availability of new signings Kamil Grosicki and Alfred N’Diaye with the duo raring to go. Also, Andrea Ranocchia, who came off the bench against Manchester United, could be set for his first start in the Tigers’ jersey.
Marco Silva would expect Ranocchia to fill in the void left by the veteran Curtis Davies, who has been one of the standout performers for Hull City this season.
Elsewhere, Dieumerci Mbokani has returned from the African Cup of Nations while Ahmed Elmohamady is still competing at the event and is still unavailable. Lazar Markovic, too misses out, as he is ineligible to feature against his parent club.