Liverpool welcome back three key players

Liverpool welcome back three key players

Liverpool's injury list is beginning to ease - just at the right time - as Klopp welcomes back Alexander-Arnold, Szoboszlai and Robertson to the Liverpool first team.

Liverpool's excellent 4 - 1 victory over Chelsea on Wednesday provided Jurgen Klopp with many positives - Conor Bradley's performance being the most obvious.  There were also excellent performances from Diogo Jota, Darwin Nunez and Ibrahime Konate.

But aside from the result, one of the most pleasing sights at Anfield that night, was the return of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dominik Szoboszlai and Andy Robertson from injury.  Szoboszlai started the game, whilst Alexander-Arnold and Robertson came on as second half substitutes.

All three have been missing from recent games, with Robertson out since last October.  So to see the three return during the same game, was great for Klopp and supporters alike.

In their absence, the other members of the squad have stepped up brilliantly, most notably Joe Gomez at left back, and Conor Bradley at right back.  In fact, there is an argument to be made about whether Bradley and Gomez should continue to start matches, whilst Arnold and Robertson regain their match fitness.  Sadly, the awful news of Bradley's father passing away earlier today, will probably decide who starts at right back against Arsenal tomorrow, with LFC (and the wider football community) offering Conor their full support at this sad time.

The left back position, however, is definately still up for grabs.  Whilst there is no denying the qualities that Robertson brings to the Liverpool team, especially going forward and assisting, Gomez has been part of a back four that has let in the fewest number of goals in the Premier League so far this season.  He has also improved his passing, and has been very effective moving into a more advanced role on the left, creating overloads in midfield whenever possible.  To drop him now would ignore all the hard work that he has put in, which puts Klopp in a very difficult position moving forward....

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Other injured players close to return...

As well as the aforementioned Arnold, Robertson and Szoboszlai, Klopp has received further good news recently, with Mo Salah getting nearer to returning, whilst Thiago Alcatara may finally be fit enough to make the match day squad.  The Spanish midfielder has missed all of the season so far, and whilst he may no longer be a starter for the reds, his experience and range of passing could prove very useful in tight games, where the Reds need to unlock packed defences.

With Liverpool still dreaming of an unlikely Quadruple, Klopp will need all his players fit and available, to ensure he can rest and rotate his starting XI in the coming weeks.

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