Four things spotted in Liverpool training as Jurgen Klopp gave his fitness a boost

Liverpool will be aiming to continue their solid form since the New Year when they resume their Champions League campaign on Wednesday.

The Reds travel to Italy to take on Serie A champions Inter Milan in the first leg of their round of 16.

Jurgen Klopp put his players through their paces in Kirkby on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the flight later today.

But what can we learn from the session?

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Henderson boost

Jordan Henderson would be the first to admit he wasn’t at his best in Sunday’s win at Burnley.

And he wasn’t helped by what appeared to be a knee injury in the challenge against Erik Pieters he was booked for.

Henderson, however, was among those who left the AXA training center on Tuesday afternoon.

The skipper will therefore be in contention for an appearance at the San Siro.

Diaz ready

The last time Luis Diaz trained ahead of a Champions League game in December was as a Porto player.

But UEFA rules mean the Colombia international won’t be level with Liverpool for the remainder of this season’s competition.

With Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both back and firing after the Africa Cup of Nations, the Reds have a full squad to choose from.

So Klopp has some tough decisions to make ahead of the game.



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Threesome in the face of expectation

Joe Gomez, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino have all been notable for their absences at Burnley.

But the trio were all smiles as they fully participated in the session in Kirkby.

And while three extra players are allowed on the bench for Champions League games, Klopp has consistently chosen a third keeper each time so far.

This means that at least one senior outfield player will not be in Wednesday’s matchday squad.

Young people involved

Even taking into account the full squad, there was still room for a number of youngsters in the training session.

Rhys Williams, who was recalled from a loan spell at Swansea City last month, was implicated.

The same goes for Tyler Morton, who has started the last two group matches, including the win against AC Milan at the San Siro, and Brazilian goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga.

It would be a surprise, however, if there were any in Italy.


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Richard V. Johnson