Klopp delivers latest Liverpool injury update ahead of Baggies clash
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp discusses the fitness of Mamadou Sakho and Jordon Ibe
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has made a return to first-team training ahead of Sunday’s visit of West Brom.
The France international hasn’t featured for the Merseyside outfit since he suffered a knee injury during a 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace in the Premier League on 8 November.
Next week for sure, he [Sakho] will be available if nothing more happens
Sakho had managed to establish himself as Klopp’s first-choice centre-half alongside Martin Skrtel before his injury setback.
Dejan Lovren has deputised for the former Paris Saint-Germain defender over the past four weeks and the Croatian was nominated for the PFA player of the month for November.
And the Liverpool manager could soon have a selection headache after he confirmed that Sakho could be in contention for selection early next week.
“Mama has trained now. He had his first session with the team yesterday and if nothing happens, he has to go on and carry on with training. That’s what he needs now,” Klopp told his pre-match media conference.
“There are no more issues with the knee and everything is okay, now he has to work to be a real option for us. Next week for sure, he will be available if nothing more happens.”
Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe missed their goalless draw with Sion on Thursday night.
However, Klopp, who was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’s successor in October, confirmed that Ibe is available for the clash against the Baggies at Anfield on Sunday.
“Jordon feels than better than he did three days ago,” Klopp added.
“Yesterday we took him out onto the pitch but only for a bit of warming up and a little bit of running to help him feel a little bit better after this ‘cold’ – it was a little bit more than that.
“We’ll see how last night was for him when I see him, and then we’ll know more. I think he will be available for the squad.”