Liverpool have been handed a triple injury boost as the midfield duo of James Milner and Jordan Ibe, along with striker Daniel Sturridge have returned to training for the Premier League clash against Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp will take his men to the Etihad as the Reds take on the league leaders on 21 November.
Milner joined the Merseyside club from City as a free agent in the summer. He missed his side's first league match of the season against Crystal Palace before the international break due to a hamstring injury.
An ankle injury in the later stages of the game during Liverpool's 2-1 defeat to Palace forced Ibe to withdraw from the England U21 squad. Even Milner was withdrawn from Roy Hodgson's squad for the international friendlies against Spain and France.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Both Milner and Ibe were assessed by the medical staff as they resumed full training and they will be closely monitored for the rest of the week. The former City man and the winger are in contention to face the Citizens on Saturday.
To see the two midfielders back in training will be a massive boost for the former Borussia Dortmund for the crucial fixture. He has already been without the services of several of his first team players and the list included the likes of captain Jordan Henderson, summer signing Danny Ings and Joe Gomez, along with Mamadou Sakho, Jon Flanagan and Jordan Rossiter.
Sturridge has never played under Klopp since he replaced Brendan Rodgers at Anfield. The England international picked up an ankle injury just after the German manager's appointment as he has been nursing multiple injuries for over a year now.
The Mirror reports the former Chelsea man has returned to full training as Liverpool prepare for the upcoming league tie against Manuel Pellegrini's side. However, Klopp is unlikely to start him when the Reds face City as he is taking a cautious approach in order to avoid another injury setback.