Liverpool have been handed a boost ahead of their clash against Burnley on Saturday (20 August) after James Milner returned to training. The English midfielder missed the Reds' opening game of the Premier League season against Arsenal through a foot injury picked up during their pre-season game against Barcelona, but will return to the squad for their trip to Turf Moor.
Liverpool's official site pictured the midfielder training with the rest of the squad and is expected to play a part in the game against the Clarets. Milner is likely to be deployed at left-back for the game as Jurgen Klopp seeks an alternative to Alberto Moreno, who was found wanting yet again during the Merseyside club's 4-3 win over the Gunners.
The 30-year-old midfielder, who was deployed in either at right or central midfield last season, is not keen on playing at left-back, but is ready to sacrifice his needs for the benefit of the club. Moreno came under criticism for his poor performances last season and was again guilty after he allowed Walcott the space on the right wing to score Arsenal's first goal during the clash at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (14 August).
"We had a conversation about it and I told him it's not my favourite position and not one I particularly like playing, but he's the manager and if he wants me to play there, I'll play there," Milner said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
"I don't like playing there but I will give you the best that I can and if that's needed I will play there. The team comes first, always has, always will. Throughout my career you have to play in different positions. I'm probably a good player for a manager to have because I fill in in a number of positions."
Meanwhile, Danny Ings could also be part of the first-team squad to face his former team after training with the senior squad following his goal-scoring exploits with the U23 side. The England international featured for the reserve side during their 1-4 loss to Southampton and could be in line to make his first competitive appearance under Klopp.