Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Friday night, and Jurgen Klopp will have Dejan Lovren back available for selection.
Given the horror error from stand-in Lucas Leiva last time out, the Croatian international’s return will be a welcome boost for the Reds as they look to build on that 4-1 win over Leicester City.
However, they’ll have to do so without Emre Can, as despite the fact that the German international returned to training this week, Klopp has ruled him out as he isn’t quite fit enough just yet.
“The players involved in the last game are until now all ready again plus Dejan (Lovren),” he told the media at a press conference on Wednesday. “Not the others, for example Emre. Emre’s not injured anymore, that’s good, but he needs to train, that’s how it is.
“He had a difficult pre-season with coming in later than most of the other players (due to Euro 2016). Then he had a bit of an injury, it’s not the best moment until now. He’s still a wonderful player but we have to make him fit.”
The Reds were very impressive against Claudio Ranieri’s men, but their trip to west London will provide another big test of their credentials with Chelsea making an equally as impressive start to the campaign.
Antonio Conte will have his own injury headache to be concerned with as captain John Terry has been ruled out with an ankle injury, and so that paves the way for David Luiz to make his second debut for the club.