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Arthur, Jones, Konate – An update on Liverpool’s squad ahead of Leicester City tie

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Liverpool squad update for Leicester game at Anfield with Ibrahima Konate expected to return

The Reds have thankfully added no other players to their injury list post the win against Aston Villa in the league and Liverpool would hope to continue their winning run in the English top-tier.

Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota are both out with chronic injury issues and will return only sometime in February or March. A hamstring complaint for James Milner in the game against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup sees him out of a few games as well, without a proper time frame as per the club’s official website.

Arthur Melo’s recovery is ahead of schedule and he could certainly return to action in mid-January or early February. Curtis Jones should be back in training soon, and apart from that, there are thankfully no injury issues for the Reds to deal with.

Liverpool will face Leicester City on New Years' Eve.
Liverpool will face Leicester City on New Years’ Eve.

However, a piece of good news coming the Reds’ way is the fact that Ibrahima Konate could return to the squad to face Leicester at home. Metro reports that the Frenchman will be available for Jurgen Klopp as he looks to continue Liverpool’s winning run in the league.

Konate back with the Reds

Ibou has not been in team training of any sort ever since France’s loss to Argentina in the World Cup final no more than two weeks ago. That could be a reason why he could only be a bench option even if he stands fully fit.

Nevertheless, his return comes as a boost, especially after Joe Gomez’s questionable performance against Manchester City in our 3-2 EFL Cup loss.

Liverpool star Ibrahima Konate pens tweet post World Cup Final disappointment.
Liverpool star Ibrahima Konate. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Any player would need warming up and a slow reintegration before getting back into action and hence, nothing needs rushing of any sort. Even Liverpool’s new signing Cody Gakpo will not be available to play, as the necessary paperwork will take its due course, and his first game will probably be against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup on 7th January.

Ibou has made a strong start to his Liverpool career. His return from international duty will give the team more options in defence and allow them to rotate their defenders more effectively, which can be important over the course of a long and demanding season.

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Liverpool are closing in on having a full-strength squad and hopefully, all players are back from their layoffs and international duties and whatnot to give the gaffer numerous options to choose from.