Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he will make a late decision on the fitness of Jordan Henderson before their clash with Brighton on Saturday lunchtime.
Henderson has missed Liverpool's last two games with a muscle issue but returned to training on Thursday in an effort to be available this weekend.
Amid a tightly packed fixture schedule, Klopp has bemoaned the short amount of time his players have had to recover and spoken out about the strain being placed on footballers.
The Reds could go top of the Premier League with victory at the Amex Stadium and Klopp says he hopes to have the 'fittest and freshest players' available to him.
“Hendo trained yesterday, parts of team training and then had his individual session, so we have to see what we do with that," Klopp said.
“For all the other players who played now [against Atalanta], they are still in recovery, so that’s how it is when you have only these few days in between.
“We have to make late decisions, so if you were to ask me now what will be the line-up and I was in a mood to tell you, I couldn’t.
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“I [will] make this decision as late as possible because I have to wait until the medical department tells me who looks like [they’re] ready.
“Then it looks like from now on we have another 25-and-a-half hours to make sure that we bring the fittest and freshest players on the pitch.”
Saturday's match will see a reunion with Adam Lallana, who left Anfield on a free transfer this summer after 178 games for the club and Klopp spoke warmly about the 32-year-old.
“Thank God I said that all already when he left and we still miss him," he said.
“But it’s not easy to miss Adam Lallana because pretty much everybody here in the club still has contact with him! Not this week so much. Because he’s just a friend for life for all of us.
“We are obviously not 100 per cent sure, we don’t know it, if he can play because he didn’t tell anybody. Last week he had to leave the pitch with a groin issue, if I’m right.
“I would expect him to be on the pitch tomorrow, to be honest. And then for 90 minutes, I know Adam well enough – we will put all the friendship a little bit aside and then after the game we will be friends again. That’s the nice thing with friends.”
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