The Reds are close to having a clean bill of health ahead of their Premier League fixture with Brighton on Saturday following their midweek Champions League tie with Inter Milan. Liverpool return to Premier League action on Saturday when they visit Brighton & Hove Albion in Saturday’s early kick-off at the AMEX Stadium. The Reds will be aiming for their eighth consecutive league win and to keep the pressure up on table toppers Manchester City by closing the gap to just three points.
But Jurgen Klopp’s side are coming off the back of a 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan on Tuesday in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie, although they progressed to the quarter-finals after winning 2-1 on aggregate.
And the most important thing for Liverpool ahead of this weekend is that they came away unscathed from that tie with the Serie A champions, and have just two injury concerns to contend with ahead of Saturday’s trip to the south coast.
There was some optimism that Roberto Firmino would be back in the Liverpool squad for Tuesday’s Champions League fixture with Inter Milan but the Brazilian continued to be left out as he steps up his recovery from injury.
Ibrahima Konate is also in the picture. The centre back started and played the full 90 minutes of Saturday’s 1-0 victory over West Ham United but was not present for Liverpool’s training session on Monday. Konate was left out for precautionary reasons and with the next few months set to be incredibly hectic for the club, it is easy to understand why as Klopp looks to avoid any long-term issues.
And with Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip available for midweek, it most likely allowed Konate time off to fully recover, but it can be expected that he will once again be involved against Brighton this weekend.