Jurgen Klopp names four Liverpool players who have looked 'really good' in pre-season training
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted to the club’s official website that Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip have all looked ‘really good’ in pre-season training so far.
The sighting of the four injured Liverpool defenders returning has been joyous news for Reds supporters.
And although they are not fully fit yet, Klopp says that they have all impressed him with the level that they have returned.
“No, they aren’t [at the same level as the others], but it’s different,” said the boss. “Let’s start with: all four look really good, I have to say. Look really good.
“Now we are in constant talks with the medical department, the fitness department, the rehab department about what is right for them today: do they have to do maybe a little bit more than the rest of the group, do they have to do a little bit less?
“So, especially Virg and Joe will not have double sessions now for the first few days with the team; they have a second session of the day but it’s with Andreas Schlumberger, with the rehab department, physiotherapy, these kinds of things. That’s for these two. [They] look really good. I don’t know exactly when we can make the next steps but it will happen in the next four weeks, for sure – we will get a big step forward.
On the comeback trail
Van Dijk’s return looks like particularly big news for Liverpool, which should strengthen their backline considerably.
The Dutchman was sorely missed when sidelined last season, in what was a difficult time for Liverpool.
Klopp’s injury problems continued to worsen throughout the campaign, which caused numerous fringe players to have to be promoted to having first-team roles.
As a result Liverpool did remarkably well to even make it into the top four and guarantee themselves Champions League football again.
And with a clean bill of health now, there is real optimism that Klopp’s men could make another title push this time around.