The international break hasn’t been too kind to Liverpool in terms of injuries. Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk have all suffered injury setbacks whilst away with their countries.
However, it seems at least two could be fit for Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield. Salah limped off during Egypt’s 4-1 win over Swaziland on Friday with a muscle strain, but Liverpool’s medical department believe the issue isn’t serious.
The forward is likely to miss out on training in the next couple of days before returning on Thursday ahead of the game against the Terriers. Van Dijk, meanwhile, withdrew from the Netherlands squad after their 3-0 win over Germany at the weekend.
Manager Ronald Koeman revealed the Dutch captain had planned to return to Merseyside after an agreement was reached with Liverpool that the centre-back wouldn’t aggravate his rib injury in tonight’s friendly against Belgium.
Van Dijk is reportedly playing with two broken ribs and is taking injections to ease the pain, but Koeman has confirmed that he should be fit to play for the Reds at the weekend.
Sadio Mane’s fitness is still uncertain. Senegal’s team doctor Abdourahmane Fedior has confirmed the winger fractured a bone on his left hand during Senegal’s 3-0 win over Sudan and manager Aliou Cisse says he is not in contention for the return game tonight. He will remain with Senegal until after the match, and will then be assessed by Liverpool’s medical team to determine how long he’ll be out for.
One piece of good news is that James Milner could be set to return to action on Saturday. Reports had suggested that the 32-year-old could miss about a month with a hamstring injury he sustained against Manchester City. However, he could be fit to face Huddersfield. Adam Lallana is also in contention after his own hamstring problems.
Divock Origi (ankle), Rhian Brewster (knee and ankle), and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) are all still sidelined.