Sadio Mane will be fit to face Arsenal this weekend but Liverpool could be without as many as eight first team players against the Gunners.
The Senegalese, Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson all picked up setbacks during the November international break, leaving them at risk of joining Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita, James Milner, Joe Gomez and Curtis Jones – plus the recovering Harvey Elliott – on the sidelines.
However, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Mane will be available after taking part in training this week, having suffered with a rib complaint with Senegal, but confirmed Henderson and Robertson remain doubtful.
“Sadio is fine – painful but fine,” the German said. “Everybody who had a rib bruise knows it’s an annoying thing. But Sad trained here with us now in all sessions.
“We took him out a little bit earlier here and there when we knew now it will be full contact, stuff like this, just to give it a bit more time to settle. But he looks fine.
“Robbo was lucky, we can probably say. It was a little bit DOMS, the intensity of all the games he played probably, rather than anything else.
“He was smart enough to [make] the right decision, he went off early, which he usually is not doing. But in this case it was absolutely right, and so there’s a good chance that he can be involved at the weekend.
“Hendo, a little bit more (injured) than Robbo but a chance for the weekend. So we are working on that. It’s not a serious injury but in this short period of time we have to see if he is ready for Saturday. But after that, 100 per cent, and possibly for Arsenal as well.”
While Klopp hasn’t given up hope that Robertson and Henderson could face Arsenal, he’s admitted the rest of Liverpool’s walking wounded remain absent despite making good progress – ruling out five stars for the weekend fixture.
“Joe is obviously still not available,” he told the club website. “He is in a good way and it looks pretty good. It was clear he will need a few weeks and that’s still (the case), the rehab is not finished. But in a good place actually.
“Naby and James are in a good way as well, getting closer. Probably next week we expect them being back in team training, let’s see what that means for the Porto game – but not for the weekend, they are not available.
“Bobby (is) getting closer but not for the weekend. We’ll see, that will take a little bit longer still.”
He continued: “I thought I saw all injuries as a manager, but that (Curtis Jones’ injury) was really a freak one. He was very lucky – very lucky – in the end because we all know with the eye there’s no jokes about that, let me say it like this.
“He is good, he is just not allowed to do a lot of things in the moment, we have to wait until the doctors give us a green light. Curtis is completely fine, he has his eyesight back, all these kinds of things, but the eye is still recovering.”
Elliott started training outside on the grass for the first time during the November international break, but is not yet close to a return while Klopp did not offer an update on Origi, who Roberto Martinez confirmed had suffered a dead leg on international duty for Belgium.
Origi, however, was pictured in training images released by the club on Thursday evening, suggesting there are no lingering concerns over his condition.