Jurgen Klopp says midfielder James Milner is back in full training ahead of the game with Manchester City on Thursday and could feature against his former side.
Klopp on Milner: "He's back in training. He's very influential [in the dressing room]. Very, very important for us." #LFC
— Glenn Price (@GlennPrice94) January 2, 2019
Milner’s importance off the pitch will be crucial in the title run-in, but he will also be needed on the pitch in the match, either from the start or off the substitutes bench.
Against a difficult opponent, with Kevin de Bruyne probably back in the side alongside Fernandinho and David Silva, Milner could prove to be very important.
He is likely to line up with Gini Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson in the centre of the pitch having recovered from a hamstring issue. He has trained normally since Tuesday.
Klopp knows his side must perform at their very best if they are to win the game, although a point would be no bad result.
Klopp – its a normal game against Manchester City – a very difficult one. They're a really strong football team with an outstanding manager. They are still the best team in the world. We have to be brave #LFC
— BBC Merseyside Sport (@bbcmerseysport) January 2, 2019
Jurgen Klopp on Man City: "For me the opponent is still the best team in the world."
— Andy Hunter (@AHunterGuardian) January 2, 2019
The Reds can move 10 points ahead of City in the title race with a victory – which would be a massive step towards winning the Premier League.
It’s all set up to be a monumental clash at the Etihad Stadium.