Liverpool have been handed a triple injury boost ahead of their home Premier League game against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.
Liverpool will play hosts to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth this weekend, as they look to reclaim top spot in the Premier League standings.
Following back-to-back draws against Leicester City and West Ham United, Liverpool saw title rivals Manchester City leapfrog them into the pole position on the table. And Jurgen Klopp’s troops will be gunning to get back in the lead, when they welcome the Cherries to Anfield this weekend.
Liverpool have been handed a timely injury boost ahead of the game against Bournemouth, as right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is back in training after missing the last three league games with an injury.
“Trent trained yesterday for the first time and didn’t mention any issues or any problems. After four weeks for a first session, we need to see what we do there,” manager Klopp said in his pre-match press conference on the eve of the game.
Dejan Lovren, however, remains sidelined for the home side, along with fellow defender Joe Gomez. Alexander-Arnold should walk back into the team at right-back, with Andrew Robertson on the left, while Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk should pair up at the heart of the defence in front of goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
Liverpool have also been boosted by the returns of club captain Jordan Henderson and fellow midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, both of whom missed the draw against West Ham due to minor injuries.
“Jordan trained yesterday as well for the first time; it was not that long a break but it was a muscle issue. We need to have another look today. Gini trained yesterday completely normal, but I don’t know in the moment. We have to see,” Klopp explained in his pre-match presser.
The fit-again duo should directly walk back into the starting XI in the middle of the park, with Fabinho and the underperforming Naby Keita set to drop out to the bench. James Milner, who played as the right-back last time out, should move in to the Reds’ midfield, with Adam Lallana also moving to the bench.
The terrific trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane should hold on to their spots in the attack for Liverpool. Neither of the forwards have been at their best in recent games and need to step up in a big way if the Merseysiders are to return to winning ways against the Cherries.