By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Joe Allen, Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana all trained at Melwood on Friday as they eye a return to action after their recent absences.

Manager Jurgen Klopp says he has some tough selection decisions to make ahead of Sunday’s League Cup final against Manchester City.

Klopp has admitted there is more competition for places going into this weekend’s clash at Wembley than at any other point in his Anfield reign.

“There have been a few problems since I’ve been here but this is the first time there’s been an issue with too many players,” he said.

“Making a squad for the final is the best thing I could do but also the most difficult thing I’ve had to do until now.

“A few players will be disappointed by the decisions. Today I had 30 players in training and it was at the highest level. They are all ready and I have to make decisions.”

Less than 72 hours separate Thursday’s hard-fought Europa League win over Augsburg at Anfield with Sunday’s Wembley showdown but Klopp is confident that fatigue won’t be an issue.

Centre court: Skrtel is regarded as Liverpool's number one centre-back

Centre court: Skrtel is regarded as Liverpool’s number one centre-back

City played 24 hours earlier in the Champions League but endured a gruelling trip home from Ukraine – only arriving back in Manchester at 4am.

Klopp added: “They flew, they didn’t walk. That’s not too difficult. I don’t think we should think about this. We will be fit, they will be fit.

“”Nobody cares where they’ve come from, where they played the last game. It’s been a long season up until now but there is no advantage. It’s open.

“Thursday’s game was intensive for us but nobody feels tired. A final helps you to get up in the morning.”