Ahead of Monday’s match against defending champions Leicester the Reds spent time at La Manga training ground in Spain. The five-day trip was meant to bring the squad together while taking advantage of the long gap between matches. One of the major positives from this trip was that everyone who came into the week healthy left healthy.
However, Daniel Sturridge and Dejan Lovren are both doubts to play while they recover from a knee problem and a virus respectively. The duo both missed training sessions but will return to training this weekend in time for Monday’s trip.
Dejan Lovren did not travel with the squad to La Manga and instead traveled to Germany to see a knee specialist. His injury is described as a “persistent knee problem”. The defender had been playing through the pain but it was decided that seeking advice from a specialist was the best idea. Before travelling to Spain Klopp had hoped that the defender would be available for training upon his return but that is not the case. One positive for the Croatian international is that an operation has been ruled out, but he remains a fitness doubt. Dejan was able to get outside and run around but did not rejoin the squad in full training.
Daniel Sturridge initially traveled with the squad to La Manga but was forced to return to the UK after suffering from a virus. The striker took to Instagram,
“lil virus ting. Northing crazy I’ll be training when the boys get back. Contagious ting.”
The clock is now against Sturridge with the out of form striker looking even less likely to make an appearance.
After suffering the latest of a string of setbacks, Marko Grujic rejoined full training Thursday. The midfielder seemed to be on his way to recover in mid-January when he suffered a ligament injury. The summer signing hasn’t played a full ninety minutes since October due to his tendon issue. Marko was close to rejoining full training but was ultimately held back by Klopp. With 13 games left in the season supporters will hope to get a glimpse of the prospect who scored spectacularly against Barcelona in pre-season.
The biggest fitness possible update was not a player but the prospect of a new staff member. Jurgen Klopp has been in contact with Bayern’s rehabilitation and prevention chief Dr. Andreas Schlumberger about a possible move to Liverpool. The two worked together during the duo’s time at Borussia Dortmund. However news has surfaced that the approach was unsuccessful and Andreas will stay at Bayern – Unluckyyyy
Liverpool travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City who have just recently sacked Claudio Ranieri. Will this prove to be a good or bad omen for the Reds? Leicester City currently sit in 17th place and will host Liverpool on Monday.