By Will Butcher
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum is close to returning to first-team action.
The Holland international has been ruled out after picking up a hamstring problem in a 2018 World Cup qualifier against France during the international break.
However, Klopp was quoted by Liverpool’s official Twitter account as saying that the former Newcastle star is on the mend ahead of Saturday’s tea-time clash against West Brom.
The former PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord midfielder moved to Anfield this summer from Tyneside for a fee of around £25million.
Following the move, Liverpool’s number five has been a mainstay in the Merseyside giants’ side, regularly lining up alongside captain Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana in midfield.
The versatile midfielder has made eight league and cup appearances following his summer move from Newcastle, providing two assists in that time.
Wijnaldum, 25, could start against the Baggies as Liverpool look to continue their unbeaten run of eight games at Anfield on Saturday.
A win for Klopp’s side would be their sixth Premier League triumph in just nine games, and could see them move to the top of the table if results go their way.
However, Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal will all be looking to continue their impressive runs of form with the Premier League summit firmly within their sights.
In other Liverpool team news, former Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp is confident his summer signing will come good after a shaky start.