Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge have returned to team training, manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed on Friday, raising the possibility that the pair could feature in Liverpool’s Monday night Premier League clash with Watford.
Lallana has been sidelined since March after picking up a thigh strain on England duty against Lithuania while Sturridge has struggled with a persistent hip complaint.
Their involvement in team training suggests both players could be included in the squad that travels to Vicarage Road on Monday as Liverpool fight to secure a top-four finish, and the reward of Champions League football that comes with it.
Klopp revealed that captain Jordan Henderson has not yet returned to training, however.
“Adam is back in team training for the first time, Hendo not on the pitch, Daniel in team training too,” Klopp said.
“Today we had a really important session, Adam involved, Sturridge involved.
“It’s Monday night - so we can give Lallana some more time training.”
Lallana and Henderson’s absence has hit Liverpool hard in recent weeks, with the side struggling for form and consistency.
After last weekend’s 2-1 defeat by visitors Crystal Palace, the Reds’ prospects of finishing in the top four are now far from guaranteed. Just six points separate the side from Arsenal in sixth who have two games in hand.
“I said all we can do is be in a battle for something interesting at the end of the season,” Klopp added.
“We have to fight for what we can fight for and that’s a Champions League place. It’s a very important game. Nobody will feel like it’s a friendly.”
“We need to judge the individual situation and think about what we can do with him, him, him..
“If we could get better now physically then we would have done a lot wrong in the past.
“Nobody should be in doubt about our attitude. We want to (qualify for Champions League).
“You can’t train like crazy at this stage. It’s about keeping rhythm, working on specific things for the next opponent.”
Join our new commenting forum
Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies