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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita could be back in the match-day squad to face Wolves on Sunday (7.15pm kick-off) but doesn’t yet know if either of the pair will be able to start.  

Midfielder Keita was forced off in the win over Leicester a fortnight ago with a hamstring complaint while right-back Alexander-Arnold has not played since the draw at Manchester City at the start of November due to a muscle problem.

But the Premier League champions could welcome the pair back to the fold this weekend, with the duo set to train on Friday afternoon ahead of prospective returns to the team.

Liverpool have been ravaged by injuries this season and the German coach will be desperate to get back to a full complement as soon as possible, although both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez face a fight to play again this term due to long-term knee injuries.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday, Klopp said of Alexander-Arnold and Keita: “I don’t know yet, we will see. Trent and Naby will do the first steps in team training today.

“Whatever we can do with that depends how it looks and stuff like this. We had some niggles after the game against Ajax, we have to see how they respond. So far they didn’t do a lot apart from treatment and stuff like this.

“We have to see how that develops. I don’t know in the moment. Apart from Naby and Trent, nobody is coming back.

“There’s a chance Naby and Trent can be in the squad, I would say. If they can play? I don’t know.

“If they’re in the squad they can play but if they can start or play 90 minutes? I don’t know. There’s a chance that they are in the squad, yes.”

Neco Williams has been deputising for Alexander-Arnold since James Milner also went down with an injury in the draw at Brighton.

While Curtis Jones and Gini Wijnaldum have played regularly in midfield, with captain Jordan Henderson also now back to full fitness.

In addition to Keita’s return, Liverpool are also hoping Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will soon be back in training.

The England midfielder has yet to play this season after suffering a knee problem in pre-season.

Klopp said: “Ox looks really promising, he’s doing a lot of stuff, warming up with the team now, some ball work.

“We will develop that over the next few days and weeks. We will see which moment it makes sense to throw him in. He’s not too far away.”

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Elsewhere for this weekend’s visit of Wolves, the Liverpool manager has a call to make as to whether he hands Caoimhin Kelleher his Premier League debut in goal.

The 22-year-old Irishman came in for Adrian between the sticks in the crucial Champions League match against Ajax in midweek and made several big saves en route to a clean sheet in a 1-0 win.

Klopp said of the young Cork-born keeper’s mentality: “He looked good. He’s a really calm person, he will not be flying the whole week.

“He’s a hard worker. There’s no doubt he will deal with all the fuss around him pretty well. It was a big call to throw him in in that game but thank God it worked out.

“That’s not always the case, it doesn’t make the players worse, it’s just sometimes the wrong timing of the manager. 

“But it was right and now we will see how we carry on.”



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