Liverpool have continued their preparations for the Premier League clash against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Liverpool will look to maintain their Premier League revival when they take on Bournemouth in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.
The Reds go into the game on the back of four domestic wins out of five, and thrashed the Cherries 9-0 at home back in August. Jurgen Klopp put his players through their paces at a snowy Kirkby on Thursday afternoon as they continue their preparations for the Vitality Stadium clash.
There had been some suggestions earlier in the week that Luis Diaz was expected to ramp up his rehabilitation sufficiently to be included in the squad for Saturday’s match.
Liverpool, though, remain cautious with the fitness of the Colombian winger, who hasn’t featured since initially injuring his knee at Arsenal back in October.
And having not trained with the team on Wednesday, Diaz was once again absent from the full session with a comeback after the international break now looking most likely.
Diaz wasn’t the only significant absence from the session. Thiago Alcantara remains on the sidelines having missed the last six games with a hip problem.
Joe Gomez, who suffered a hamstring injury during the second half of the Champions League defeat to Real Madrid a fortnight ago, is also recovering.
And there was no sign of Nat Phillips, who was in training last week but has not been involved in the first team for the last three weeks. Calvin Ramsay was also absent and is not expected to play again this season.(Image: Getty Images)
Overlooked trio involved
Despite those missing, the overall increased availability of first-team players meant a number were unable to make the bench against Manchester United at the weekend.
All, though, were on the pitch at Kirkby, including Naby Keita, who had earlier sat out last midweek’s home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers due to a knock.
Arthur Melo and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the other major names not among the substitutes on Sunday, were also involved in the session.
As is usually the case, there was a continued opportunity for a number of youngsters to train with the first team.
The absences of Gomez and Phillips have elevated Rhys Williams to next in line at centre-back behind Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate and Joel Matip.
And, in goal, both Marcelo Pitaluga and Harvey Davies were put through their paces alongside Adrian and Alisson Becker. Caoimhin Kelleher was not pictured.