By Dominic Toner
Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip are set to be available for Liverpool against Bournemouth, according to a report.
Sky Sports claim that the two senior Reds players are expected to be fit for Sunday’s Premier League away match.
Both players were absent for the club’s EFL Cup quarter-final victory over Leeds on Tuesday night, but are set to return to the starting XI against Eddie Howe’s side.
Jurgen Klopp fielded an inexperienced line-up against Leeds as he was keen to rest important members for the Premier League title bid.
Firmino, 25, has become a crucial Liverpool player this season and is under even more pressure to deliver in future weeks.
Attacker Philippe Coutinho has been sidelined until the new year, meaning that his team-mate is likely to occupy from the left wing instead of as a central striker.
Firmino has made 14 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring six goals and supplying six assists.
Liverpool’s summer signing Matip has also established himself as an important member in Klopp’s side, making 13 appearances in all competitions.
The 25-year-old has formed a formidable partnership alongside Dejan Lovren in defence and the pair are beginning to solve the club’s recent defensive problem.
Matip joined on a free transfer after his contract expired with German club Schalke and the centre-back has become a firm favourite with the Liverpool supporters.
The Reds are currently just a point behind league leaders Chelsea in second-place and will hope to sustain their form during a busy December period.
In other Liverpool team news, Jamie Carragher has given his verdict on the club’s academy.