Jurgen Klopp has steered each Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez might return to Liverpool’s beginning line-up when the Reds tackle Norwich of their Premier League opener on Saturday.
Each of Liverpool’s first selection centre-backs missed nearly all of final season by damage, and their absence was sorely felt.
Van Dijk broken his ACL in a collision with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford again in October, whereas Gomez additionally suffered a season-ending knee tendon damage a month later throughout England coaching.
The pair returned to motion as second-half substitutes throughout a pleasant defeat to Hertha Berlin final month, however there had been an expectation that Joel Matip would start the season in defence alongside £35million summer time signing Ibrahima Konate.
Nonetheless, Klopp confirmed on Thursday that will now not be the case.
Requested if Van Dijk and Gomez might be prepared to start out at Carrow Highway, the supervisor mentioned: “I believe so, it seems like. However, how it’s with these form of issues, we’ve nothing to hurry on this division.
“We simply should then decide on who will begin, who will come on, issues like this and if I believe they’re prepared for 90 minutes then they’re prepared to start out.
“If I believe we’ve to take them off earlier then it is mindless as a result of centre-half isn’t truly a place the place you wish to change throughout a recreation and so we’ll see.
“However each look actually good. An intense season is arising. We are going to see how we determine that.”
Liverpool will, nonetheless, be with out full-back Andy Robertson, who suffered an ankle damage throughout a pleasant in opposition to Athletic Bilbao on the weekend.
The Scot has been joined on the sidelines by Curtis Jones who picked up a concussion in opposition to Osasuna on Monday.
Kostas Tsimikas is about to return out of the chilly to fill in for Robertson at left-back, having barely performed throughout his first season with the membership.
The Greek defender impressed throughout pre-season and Klopp was filled with reward for the £11.75m man and his ‘actually good’ shows, which noticed him flying up and down the wing.
And Tsimikas has insisted he is able to make an impression throughout Robertson’s absenc.
“I all the time give my greatest to be near the group,” he instructed LFCTV.
“Each time my coach provides me the chance to play, I’m all the time prepared for that.
“I look forward to my alternative, I’m prepared.”
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