Liverpool have received a huge boost as Curtis Jones and Calvin Ramsay have returned to training following injuries.
The pair haven’t kicked a ball for the Reds so far this season in the Premier League and have been part of an extensive injury list that has contributed to the team’s inconsistent start.
The Merseyside club sit 8th in the table, nine points behind leaders Arsenal, having accumulated just nine points in their first six games.
This below par form makes the next set of fixtures crucial to Jurgen Klopp’s side if they still hold aspirations of winning the title, a period in which they play 13 matches in six weeks.
The former hasn’t played a minute of football since Liverpol’s Community Shield victory over Manchester City at the tail end of July, but is now close to completing his recovery.
The 21-year-old was struggling with an injury described as “a stress reaction to a bone around the tibia” by The Times’ Paul Joyce.
Meanwhile, summer signing Ramsay is yet to make his debut for his new club, suffering with back issues since the start of pre-season.
According to The Athletic’s James Pearce, Jones and Ramsay are “both stepping up their work back out on the grass” at Kirby training ground.
The return of the two youngsters will be welcome to Klopp, providing him with more cover and competition in key areas.
At right-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold has started every game thus far, so having Ramsay available may enable the playmaker to have a rest at some point in the upcoming congested schedule.
Liverpool have been depleted in midfield so far this season, with Jones, Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all suffering with injuries at various points.
Jones’ return gives the German boss an extra option in the middle of the park, and will decrease the reliance on youngster Harvey Elliott, who has so far started seven of the Reds’ nine fixtures at just 19-years-old.
Elsewhere, Klopp should have Jordan Henderson and Ibrahima Konate back available for this weekend’s match against Brighton.
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