Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp provided injury updates on Adam Lallana, Joel Matip and Alberto Moreno ahead of tonight’s clash with West Brom.
All three will sit out the visit of Alan Pardew’s side, but Klopp is hopeful that England man Lallana will soon be back in the frame.
Lallana has not kicked a ball this season after picking up a thigh problem in pre-season, but he is back in full training at Melwood.
“Adam is back in training completely normally, but he needs a build up again,” Klopp said at his news conference.
“But he’s good, we have to see what we’ll do with him because we need him for the next weeks, 100 percent.
“We shouldn’t need him for tomorrow but step by step we need to see how we can bring him into match fitness. That’s it, we have to see.”
Matip has missed the last three games, also with a thigh problem and his return is further away.
“He’s running, but not more,” said Klopp. “That means it takes a little bit longer.”
Moreno meanwhile could be sidelined until the New Year after limping off against Spartak Moscow with an ankle problem.
The extent of the Spaniard’s injury has yet to be determined but Klopp suggested he could be out for six weeks.
“He’s not ready for sure. We’ve made further assessments, we’ve sent him to different doctors,” added Klopp
“It’s still possible it’s not that long, but it’s still possible it’s six weeks.
“We have to see. It’s not decided so far, we have to look a little bit.”