Jurgen Klopp is nearing a fully fit squad as his side prepare to host Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa in the Premier League at Anfield on Saturday
Liverpool will be missing just three players ahead of their Premier League clash with Steven Gerrard ’s Aston Villa on Saturday, as the Reds look to keep up the pressure on table toppers Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are aiming for a fifth straight league win when they host Villa at Anfield this weekend, as they sit 2nd in the league and just one point behind Pep Guardiola’s side.
And part of the reason behind their excellent form is due to the return of several key players from injury in recent times, after the Reds had up to nine first team players out of action as recently as three weeks ago.
But now Klopp has just three injury concerns to worry about ahead of their next game, as his side begin to near full strength once again.
Here is all you need to know about the current state of play at Anfield and the potential return dates for those on the sidelines.
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Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino is finally nearing his return to first team action after suffering from a ‘serious’ hamstring injury since the start of November.
Firmino returned to training on Thursday but it is still too soon for him to return to the squad for the visit of Aston Villa, as he continues his recovery and gets up to match speed.
However, there is the potential for him to come back into the fold next weekend if everything goes well between now and then.
Young midfielder Curtis Jones has also been missing for a number of weeks now since suffering a freak eye injury in training and has sat out of the last five games.
Klopp recently revealed that Jones is absolutely fine fitness-wise, but is just going off medical advice in order to let his eye heal properly.
Klopp told Liverpool ’s club media on November 30: “Curtis is completely fine, but we have to be careful with it and so we cannot rush it.”
Long-term absentee Harvey Elliot continues to recover from the horrific ankle injury he suffered during September’s victory over Leeds United at Elland Road.
Elliot dislocated his ankle when on the receiving end of a challenge but has undergone successful surgery since, and is expected to make a full recovery at some point next year.
The youngster has been back at the club’s training ground doing individual work, however, as he steps up his road to recovery.