Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has several injury concerns ahead of today’s clash with Newcastle.
“The club is wonderful. It was always wonderful but because of a few different things the atmosphere was not always like this.
“Now we have a good basis and we have to use it and use it, improve it. Then the boys have no reason to leave.
Much of the Reds side was away over the international break, and all have returned unscathed.
But their injury woes from prior to the break don’t appear to have gotten much better.
Goalkeeper Alisson is still out with the calf injury that has hampered him all season.
The Brazil No. 1 isn’t likely to be back until next month, leaving Adrian to continue between the sticks
Naby Keita is close to a return from the hip injury he sustained in the Super Cup final against Chelsea last month.
The Guinea midfielder isn’t expected to be back for today’s game or the trip to Napoli in midweek, but should return to training when the squad is back from Italy.
“It was a really serious injury in the calf. It is now much better, of course, and that’s good for us and good for him, but we don’t know exactly [how long it will be].
“The target was always after the next international break [that] he could be ready, but we don’t know. So, as I said, there is no pressure and hopefully everything will be fine for the rest of the season, that’s the plan.
“Naby is close, much closer than Ali. I think he could be in training when we come back from Napoli next week.”
Nathaniel Clyne and Paul Glatzel are both long-term absentees, but Klopp gave an update on their fitness.
“Clyney and Paul Glatzel, they are obviously far away still but are making big steps as well,” the German continued.
“[The rest of the squad] looks quite OK in the moment.”
Liverpool ace Alisson is recovering from injury
Joel Matip should get the nod ahead of Joe Gomez, with the rest of the backline picking itself.
Further forward, skipper Jordan Henderson will likely be joined by Fabinho and Gini Wijnaldum, who have kept out serious competition for places with some fine form.
And in attack, the deadly trio of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino will cause Newcastle some serious threat all afternoon.
“It’s a very intense period, and to have five or six days off in this time is important.
“The boys trained, but they didn’t need to be here to do proper football sessions.
“The more often we can do something like this, the better for the boys because they not only feel refreshed, they are refreshed. Hopefully we can use that.”
Kick off from Anfield will be at 12:30pm.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane