Good news, Reds.
Mamadou Sakho is back in full training following the knee injury he picked up against Crystal Palace earlier in the season.
Jurgen Klopp confirmed the news, although won’t be selecting the Frenchman today at home to West Brom.
“Mama had his first training session with the team yesterday,” the manager told the Echo.
“If nothing happens and he carries on in training, that’s what he needs now, and if he has no more issues with the knee, he can be a real option for us
“Next week he is available if nothing more happens.”
The 25-year-old had been Liverpool’s Player of the Season before injury struck, but his absence has enabled Dejan Lovren to finally start fulfilling his potential at the heart of defence.
The Croat has shown the kind on consistency under Klopp that we’d never previously seen, and now the manager has a dilemma about which two of Sakho, Lovren and Martin Skrtel will be his first choice pairing.
Skrtel’s always been the automatic selection, but Lovren’s recent form means it’s no guarantee that he’ll be the one to make way.
With multiple fixtures over the festive period, Klopp could rotate his central defensive options – but the position is hardly a tiring one – and many would prefer a regular pairing to develop an understanding.