By Alex Stevens
Daniel Sturridge, James Milner and Jordan Ibe have all returned to full training ahead of Liverpool’s showdown with Manchester City this weekend, Football Insider sources understand.
The trio, who were among 11 players on Liverpool’s casualty list at the start of the international break, took part in training sessions over the last two days.
This is a boost to Jurgen Klopp as he prepares the team for Saturday’s trip to Etihad Stadium.
Football Insider revealed last week that Sturridge had resumed running outdoors and was hopeful of taking part in full contact training this week and then be in contention for the City clash.
Milner and Ibe will almost certainly be involved, as both have had only short absences. Milner has only missed one match with a minor hamstring problem and Ibe pulled out of the England Under-21 squad with a bruised knee.
Sturridge, 26, has yet to play for Klopp after he injured his knee in a collision with Ibe on the eve of the new manager’s first game at Tottenham.
It led to Sturridge undergoing a number of scans to determine the extent of the damage and Klopp revealed that the striker would not be rushed back due to having fluid on his knee.
Barring any more mishaps, there is now a chance of him featuring against Premier League leaders City at Etihad Stadium after the international break.
Liverpool supporters have hardly seen the 26-year-old play in the last 12 months due to a succession of ailments from a torn thigh muscle to hip surgery.
It has been a chastening introduction to English football for Klopp as he lost Danny Ings with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his third training session, while Joe Gomez will also miss the rest of the campaign with a knee injury sustained on England Under-21s duty.
Mamadou Sakho became the latest first-teamer to join the treatment room when he suffered knee ligament damage against Crystal Palace nine days ago, which will sideline him until the new year.