Jurgen Klopp handed unexpected injury boost as midfield ‘gem’ returns to training in time for Tottenham

Liverpool are beginning to get players back ahead of their game against Leicester in midweek and Tottenham at the weekend.
: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Thiago Alcantara of Liverpool during a training session on July 21, 2023 in UNSPECIFIED . (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images): (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Thiago Alcantara of Liverpool during a training session on July 21, 2023 in UNSPECIFIED . (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Thiago Alcantara of Liverpool during a training session on July 21, 2023 in UNSPECIFIED . (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Liverpool have been handed a double boost ahead of their visit to the capital this weekend with the return of Trent Alexander-Arnold to training while Thiago Alcantara is slowly healing according to their assistant manager Pep Lijnders.

England defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has been struggling with a hamstring injury and will likely miss the midweek game against Leicester City even though there is a chance he could be back for the match against Tottenham at the weekend.

The N0 66 has missed wins over Wolverhampton Wanderers, LASK and West Ham United, with the defender only fit enough to train individually at the club’s AXA Training Centre last week.

According to the Red’s assistant boss Pep Lijnders, Thiago is healing but is not in line for games at the moment. He also admits the team misses him because he has the unique ability to find players.

He told the press: “We’ve missed Thiago, no? He makes the ball arrive in the right spaces. We want him back. He’s still not back in training but he’s healing. Time will tell how that goes.”

Lijnders also confirmed the return of Trent who is more likely to play a role in the game at the weekend. He added: “Trent trained yesterday with us but it was just in the rondo and the ball possession with the counter-pressing, but he was outstanding.

“You see him instantly, of course. He is with the team training, I am not sure if he will be ready, we will see today.”

Liverpool have had a strong start to the season but the game against Tottenham will be a huge test to their form with the Lilywhites also unbeaten in their first six games of the Premier League campaign.