Liverpool head to Portugal on Wednesday evening to take on FC Porto in the second leg of their Champions League quarter final, and they have been boosted with player availability for the trip.
The Reds took a giant step towards making it into the semi-finals for the second time in as many seasons last week, when they developed a 2-0 advantage to take to the away match with them.
Since then Liverpool have turned Chelsea over in the Premier League, so confidence should be high among the travelling party for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
The German coach is too long in the tooth to think that his Reds side have already secured their place in the semi-final, where no less than Barcelona will be waiting for them, so he will be sure to remind his players not to get complacent.
The Liverpool boss looks likely to have the option of selecting Joe Gomez and Adam Lallana for the second leg, while any doubts over the availability of Jordan Henderson has been cleared up by Klopp ahead of the match.
“Hendo is all fine,” the Reds’ official website quote him as saying.
“We all have knocks and Hendo got a knock, but that would never take him out.”
Gomez and Lallana both made the journey, with the former featuring for Liverpool’s under-23 side recently to prove his fitness for this occasion. Klopp updated the situation with the pair also, beginning with the defender.
“Absolutely [he looks strong],”
“He played right full-back, we need him as this option as well. We all know he played a wonderful season at the centre-half position until his injury, but he can play both and it’s good to have him.
“Adam is back in the travelling squad, we have to say. Because we have two players more, we will see what happens. Usually if nothing happens, it would be a little bit too early.”
Klopp will be missing Liverpool duo Dejan Lovren and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the trip. The Croatian has been ruled out by illness, while the midfielder is continuing his return to fitness back on Merseyside.