By Coral Barry
Emre Can and Danny Ings could be fit in time for the Europa League final on 18 May should Liverpool go all the way in the competition.
Ings has not featured for Liverpool since he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament back in October while Can is a recent addition to the treatment room after going off with an ankle problem against Borussia Dortmund last week.
Can was expected to miss four to six weeks which would have ruled him out for the remainder of Liverpool’s season, but Jurgen Klopp has now revealed he has responded excellently to intensive treatment.
“He’s recovering much better,” said Klopp in his press conference on Friday, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. “There might be a new timescale but I’m not telling you because there is no proof yet!
“But he is very good.”
Liverpool will believe their route to the final in Basel will have been ordained in the stars after their remarkable triumph over Dortmund in the quarter-finals that saw them score four goals in the second half last Thursday night and snatch a 5-4 aggregate victory in incredible fashion in front of an Anfield crowd.
Another man eager to be a part of a potential final is Ings, who has so far spent six months on the sidelines and was injured in Klopp’s first training session as manager.
The 23-year-old’s return would be a welcome boost for the Merseysiders with fellow striker Divock Origi also ruled out for the rest of the campaign, but Klopp insisted he will not rush the Englishman back into the first team despite the lack of options upfront.
The German said to the Liverpool Echo: “Danny’s in a really good way after a serious injury but he’s not back in team training yet.
“Maybe two weeks, I’m not too sure, it was four or five days ago when someone sent me the email saying it was two weeks until he could train with the team.
“I don’t know yet if he will be able to play again this season. That all depends on how he recovers and how he’s training. He’s been out for a long time.”
Any early return to action for either Can or Ings would be a huge boost to Liverpool who are likely to be without captain Jordan Henderson and first choice frontman Origi for the season run-in.
In other Liverpool injury news, Christian Benteke is set to return to training next week and could join Daniel Sturridge in the squad to face Villarreal in the first leg of the semi-final on Thursday.