Norwich 0-3 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp reaction
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Liverpool could be set to welcome back as many as four players when they take on Brentford in Premier League action this weekend in a welcome boost for Jurgen Klopp. The Reds will be looking to extend their unbeaten record as they take on the newly-promoted Bees, who have made a promising start to life in the top-flight having only lost once in five matches to date.
Klopp has been keen to maximise the full use of his squad in recent weeks and the club’s fringe players have stepped up with impressive contributions against Crystal Palace and Norwich respectively.
Now there could be more changes to Liverpool’s starting XI after Klopp confirmed a number of stars could return to action.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Milner have been suffering with illness while Neco Williams and Roberto Firmino have been nursing injures.
There will be no Naby Keita or Thiago Alcantara though, who looked set to miss the match with injury concerns.
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“Trent was not injured, Trent was a little bit ill. He’s back in training, trained yesterday and will be fine,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website.
“Neco made [his] first steps the day before yesterday; yesterday a [recovery] day; will be in training today, if it’s 100 per cent, we will see how he can cope with it.
“James was a similar thing to Trent, so he should be recovered. I saw him running around here, nobody told me differently – I assume he will be in training today.
“Naby probably not. It’s not a serious thing but we have to wait until the pain settles, pretty much. We will see about that. Thiago, no chance.
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“Bobby trained already for two or three days, so he is back in contention, let me say it like this. We used him a little bit as a ‘joker’ [in training].
“But he will be in the normal training and then we have to make a decision if we take him with us or not. Porto, 100 per cent. Brentford, we have to see.”
Liverpool midfielder Thiago was forced off in the 3-0 demolition of Crystal Palace at Anfield after picking up a calf injury.
Meanwhile, Keita came off the bench to score a rocket that game before picking up a foot injury in the 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Norwich.
Curtis Jones could now step up and start in midfield and he caught the eye in the midweek win at Carrow Road.
Takumi Minamino could also be in line to keep his place after he netted a brace against the Canaries.
Firmino is not expected to be immediately thrust back into the starting XI, meaning Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane should be recalled after being rested on Tuesday night.
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