Liverpool have been handed a double injury boost after Jurgen Klopp revealed that Mamadou Sakho and Jordon Ibe are back in training following their injuries. While the former is not yet ready to return to the first-team squad for their game against West Bromwich Albion, the latter could make the squad, according to the German manager.
The French international defender suffered a knee injury during the Merseyside club's home loss to Crystal Palace on 8 November. He had established himself as a regular member of the starting XI before his injury and it will be a big boost for the manager ahead of the busy festive period fixtures. Sakho is expected to return to the first team next week, after completing his first training session on Friday (11 December).
Ibe, on the other hand, is coming off an illness, that forced him to miss the Reds' last Europa League group stage game against FC Sion. The German revealed that the illness was a little more severe than expected, with the player having only taken part in a warm-up session during training. The England U21 international has been a regular under the former Borussia Dortmund manager and his return will be a boost for the upcoming clashes.
"Mama has trained now. He had his first session with the team and if nothing happens, he has to go on and carry on with training. That's what he needs now," Klopp said, as quoted on Liverpool's official site. "There are no more issues with the knee and everything is okay, now he has to work to be a real option for us. Next week for sure, he will be available if nothing more happens."
"Jordon feels than better than he did three days ago. Yesterday we took him out onto the pitch but only for a bit of warming up and a little bit of running to help him feel a little bit better after this 'cold' – it was a little bit more than that. We'll see how last night was for him when I see him, and then we'll know more. I think he will be available for the squad."
Daniel Sturridge, however, remains sidelined with a hamstring injury he picked up following his first appearance under Klopp, with the manager taking the blame for rushing the striker too soon. The Reds boss has now revealed that the club's medical staff will prepare a special rehabilitation plan for the former Chelsea forward in order to give him more resistance to deal with the demands of the Premier League.
The 26-year-old forward has suffered multiple injury troubles since the beginning of last season. Sturridge has made just 17 appearances in the Premier League since the start of the 2014/15 campaign.
"We have to train with him and make sessions with him as soon as he's prepared for them," Klopp stated. At this moment, he trains aerobically and it's very important to give him a better base than he had before and that he can work on this."
"I said before Southampton with the last injury, that is the history and the situation with players who have been injured for a long time. We have to train, that's all, and to give him more resistance for the intensity of football. That's what we'll do together with him," the former Borussia Dortmund manager explained.