Liverpool will head into this weekend’s Community Shield clash with Manchester City close to a fully fit squad. They have just one major injury concern for the curtain-raiser.
The likes of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Alisson have all returned from holiday following their exploits on international duty, but Sadio Mane will be absent for the game at Wembley as he recovers from helping Senegal to the final of the African Cup of Nations.
Nathaniel Clyne will not feature after picking up an anterior cruciate ligament injury during the friendly defeat to Borussia Dortmund at the end of last month.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has described it as a “straightforward” ruptured ACL, meaning that after surgery, he should be out for six months rather than for longer which is better than it could have been but it’s still incredibly bad luck considering the right back’s recent virtual season out followed by his loan spell at Bournemouth he was looking to push Alexander-Arnold for the right full back position. We can only hope his rehab happens in the best case scenario and we get to see him back well before the end of the season.
After long absences, Rhian Brewster (knee and ankle) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (ACL) will be fit and ready to start on Sunday, while Xherdan Shaqiri (calf) and Naby Keita (thigh) have both begun training in the past week after missing the start of pre-season due to injuries.