Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp handed double fitness boost

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has returned to full training at Melwood with Nathaniel Clyne also on the comeback trail.

England international Lallana has missed the past two matches with a groin problem having only recently recovered from a serious thigh injury.

Jurgen Klopp isn’t prepared to take any chances with Lallana and is likely to hold him back when it comes to selecting a line up for Sunday’s visit of Tottenham.

“Adam trains today completely normal,” Klopp said.

“In an ideal world he shouldn’t be involved at the weekend. There’s a difference between being able to train and being match fit.

“If no-one gets injured then it’s better for Adam that he can train for the next 10 days before we play Southampton. Then he should be ready for sure.”

Nathaniel Clyne during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park
Nathaniel Clyne during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park

Clyne has missed the entire season with a back injury but it’s a sign of the progress he’s making that he’s been named in Liverpool’s Champions League squad for the knockout stages.

The Reds believe it will be March before he’s fit enough to return to action.

“I’m not 100% sure with Clyney, he is still not in team training but he is as close as he has been since the summer,” Klopp added.

“He’s on a really good way, close to being back in team training but, how you can imagine, when you are that long out then it will probably take quite a while to be ready to play.

“I think we need to at least go one round further so that Clyney can be involved, there’s no chance for him in the next round against Porto. I hope he will make an impact.”

As well as Clyne, Danny Ings and Virgil van Dijk have also been added to Liverpool’s Champions League squad.

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