Liverpool Receives Dual Injury Boost Ahead of Manchester City Clash as Jürgen Klopp Contemplates Mohamed Salah’s Return

Liverpool faces Sparta Prague in the Europa League before their encounter with Manchester City, with promising updates emerging from the AXA Training Centre this week.

Despite enduring a slew of injuries since the start of the year, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has admirably sustained his team’s quadruple ambitions. In the Carabao Cup final last month, Liverpool was bereft of 11 players, prompting their young talents to step up commendably.

The situation exacerbated at Wembley with the losses of Ryan Gravenberch and Wataru Endō, yet Klopp refrained from making excuses. Fortunately, Endō made a cameo appearance against Nottingham Forest, joined by Dominik Szoboszlai and match-winner Darwin Núñez, who had both been sidelined due to injury.

Núñez, sidelined since a knock at Brentford, and Szoboszlai, who had only started once since January due to a hamstring issue, are now both fit, providing Klopp a significant boost ahead of upcoming clashes with Sparta Prague and Manchester City.

Moreover, Liverpool appears to be on the verge of another double injury boost. Recent social media posts from the club showed players arriving at the AXA Training Centre, including Gravenberch and Curtis Jones. While Gravenberch walked unaided, indicating his imminent return, Jones, who sustained an ankle injury at Brentford, was spotted wearing a protective boot alongside Andy Robertson.

Gravenberch, forced off at Wembley due to a ligament injury from Moisés Caicedo’s challenge, is nearing a return according to Klopp. Meanwhile, Jones, who was in fine form prior to his setback, may return around the international break, as suggested by Reds assistant boss Pep Lijnders.

With Mohamed Salah expected to make a comeback against Sparta Prague after his own injury concerns, Klopp faces the decision of granting him playing time before the City clash. However, key players like Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Diogo Jota remain sidelined, along with long-term absentees Joël Matip and Thiago Alcântara.

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