By Alex Stevens

Georgino Wijnaldum has returned to training ahead of Liverpool’s league clash against West Brom on Saturday.

The Dutch midfielder was sorely missed on Monday night as a hip injury kept him out of the Merseysiders’ 0-0 draw against Manchester United.

It was the first Premier League match Wijnaldum had not started for Liverpool this season following his £25million summer move from Newcastle.


But the official Liverpool Twitter account revealed on Wednesday afternoon that the Holland international was back in training as Jurgen Klopp’s side begin preparations for Saturday’s match against West Brom at Anfield.

In Wijnaldum’s absence against United, Can lined up in central midfield alongside Jordan Henderson and delivered a rusty display.

It’s been a frustrating spell for Can, who was sidelined for a month after picking up an ankle injury in the League Cup tie at Burton.

“That was my first 90 minutes for five months so I am very happy I started,” the Germany international said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. “I need to get my fitness and confidence back.

“I played last year as the No 6, now I play as the No 8 and can go a bit further forward. My target is to score more goals and give more assists.

“We trained for four or five days all together after the internationals so we were fit and ready for the game. We just couldn’t find a way through.”

Liverpool fans on Twitter were unimpressed with Can’s display and claimed it was in stark contrast to the zip and thrust that Lallana or Wijnaldum would have offered.

In other Liverpool news, Ronaldo has named the player in Klopp’s team that he wants to join Real Madrid.