Liverpool have been hit by injury after injury so far this season.
New boys Danny Ings and Joe Gomez were already ruled out for the season before Jurgen Klopp had a chance to stamp his authority on the squad while most key members of the side have suffered either a knee or hamstring injury.
Daniel Sturridge has also failed to make a 100% recovery this season and Klopp was forced to recall loanees and hand out a few debuts for the 2-2 draw against Exeter City last Friday night.
The injury crisis has taken its toll on the current Liverpool side as they have struggled to impress in recent weeks. However, if they can get as many players as possible fit and bring in a couple of reinforcements this month they will still have plenty to play for in the league, FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League.
Klopp received a boost on Monday afternoon, learning that four first team players could return to the side in time for the match against Arsenal on Wednesday evening.
Here’s who may be back for the Reds this week, according to Klopp (via the Liverpool Echo).
Toure has only made a handful of appearances this season but impressed Liverpool fans when he featured against Stoke City in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final.
The Premier League legend is coming towards the end of his football career but he impressed so much during his appearance against Stoke City he received plaudits from legendary Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who tweeted:
Great result & performance from Lfc in the circumstances! The great man Kolo Toure magnificent!!
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 5, 2016
Toure struggled with cramp in the fixture against Stoke but should be fit to face Arsenal. The 34-year-old may lack pace but he definitely doesn’t lack a sense of humour as when he was asked about his future he replied by saying:
“If I play like I did against Stoke then maybe I will go to Real Madrid.”
Sakho has been struggling with a knee injury recently but Klopp confirmed on Monday afternoon, when speaking to the Liverpool Echo, that the French defender informed him he feels ready to come back into the team.
Sakho brings much-needed strength and leadership to the Reds’ defence. The French international is a fan-favourite at Anfield so having him available to play alongside Toure is a much safer option than having the inexperienced Tiago Ilori and clueless Jose Enrique in central defence, like we saw last Friday night.
Ibe scored the only goal of the League Cup semi-final first leg between Stoke and Liverpool last week but, unfortunately, he then picked up a knock at training late last week.
At first, it was thought that Ibe had pulled his hamstring, but it was later claimed he was just tight in this area and he will return this week. Klopp confirmed this news on Monday afternoon by announcing Ibe’s return by saying,
“For Jordon Ibe… we have good news.”
Liverpool’s captain will return to the squad on Wednesday night. Henderson had come back a number of weeks ago after suffering a foot injury but faced another set-back due to a heel injury. However, he is now clear to make a return.
It is unclear whether or not Henderson will be in the starting XI or start on the bench against Arsenal but his return is key either way as Liverpool face bitter rivals Manchester United at the weekend.
Sarah Fitzpatrick, Pundit Arena