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Liverpool get welcome injury boost before top of the table clash with Tottenham

Liverpool could welcome back Naby Keita for Wednesday’s top of the table Anfield clash with Tottenham.

The Guinean midfielder was absent from the squad for the weekend draw at Fulham having played in last week’s Champions League draw at FC Midtjylland, with Klopp choosing to ease him back into the squad gently following a variety of issues.

“Naby maybe,” said Klopp when asked if some of his injured players could return against Spurs.

“Naby was yesterday involved in the extended warming up, I would say. There is another session today and we will have to see how he reacts and then we will have to make a decision about that.

Keita has suffered with injury issues throughout his Reds career

“With the others, no. No-one else.”

Keita’s return would increase Liverpool’s options in midfield, with Fabinho currently needed in defence and Jordan Henderson playing at centre-back in the second half at Fulham.

Klopp explained that Keita’s comeback last week was difficult due to his lack of match sharpness.

“Naby is in the team, Naby has no rhythm, that’s the truth, but because of different things since we started the season again and that obviously doesn’t help, performance-wise,” he said.

“Then you play a game and we have only two days between the games and then you have to make a decision: is he ready?

Klopp will hope to have Keita available

“But whatever you do in the rehab process, you cannot replace the proper football training – and we don’t have a lot of football training because of the number of games we have. That makes it difficult.

“Then the boys start playing again and obviously that was the case at Midtjylland; everybody who saw Naby Keita playing in his absolute best moments knows that was obviously not his best moment – normal and explainable with the lack of rhythm, but still obvious.

“So now we had to make a little step back again with him. It’s not too serious, that’s why he is in training again, but we will see. Nobody is in doubt about Naby’s qualities. But when you are injured, you need to be a little bit lucky that you don’t get kind of a re-injury because of the intensity and stuff like this.

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