Liverpool receive much-needed injury boost ahead of Leicester clash

Liverpool are cautiously optimistic of receiving some much-needed good news in the midst of their injury nightmare.

The Reds are hopeful both Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson will be available this weekend, despite problems which forced the pair out of international fixtures on Sunday.

Henderson was replaced at half time during England’s defeat by Belgium in Leven, with a back problem that provoked fears of a long-term absence for the Anfield skipper.

But those fears have eased, although Henderson has been sent back to Liverpool as a precautionary measure after travelling back to London with the England squad on Monday.

Robertson had a hamstring problem after Scotland’s epic European Championship play-off victory over Serbia, and was not in his country’s squad at the weekend.

But has travelled with the Scots' squad to Israel, should train with the squad on Tuesday, and could even face Israel on Wednesday.

That is good news for Liverpool, who have already lost three of their recognised back four to injury, with centre-halves Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez potentially out for the season.

Trent Alexander-Arnold could also be out for another fortnight with a calf problem.

But if Henderson and Robertson are available for the visit to Anfield of Leicester on Sunday, manager Jurgen Klopp could have some options.

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It's been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp's men.

They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk's season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson's injury worries too.

But there's no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.

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Fabinho should be back in training this week, and he can play at centre half to cover for the missing duo alongside Joel Matip, who has trained normally in the past week after returning from an ankle injury.

Thiago is also expected to resume training shortly.

Klopp will be without Mohamed Salah though, who is currently quarantining in Egypt after contracting coronavirus.

He could return to England on Thursday if he returns a negative test, but Premier League protocols mean he won’t be available for the Leicester game, even if negative.

Anfield flew its flags at half mast on Monday meanwhile, after news that one of the club’s most famous sons passed away at the weekend.

Ray Clemence is regarded as the greatest keeper in Liverpool history after winning five league titles, three European Cups, two UEFA Cups an FA Cup and a League Cup in 665 appearances for the club.

The Reds will remember Clemence just before kick off on Sunday, with an announcement and a minute of appreciation.

Keeper Clemence is fourth on Liverpool’s all time appearances list, and the player top of that list Ian Callaghan, paid special tribute when he said:

"Clem was the best goalkeeper who has ever played for Liverpool in my opinion. Certainly, in the time I was there, without a doubt.

"He was a fantastic goalkeeper and such a lovely guy. He has had his health problems but you would never know with Clem because he was always upbeat.”

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