Liverpool handed fourth injury boost in three days ahead of crucial Newcastle clash
Andy Jones has claimed that Ibrahima Konate will resume full action in “the next several weeks.”
Following the encouraging sight of Virgil van Dijk, Diogo Jota, and Bobby Firmino for Liverpool in the 2-0 Merseyside Derby triumph, the Athletic reporter delivered the fantastic update.
When visiting Real Madrid on Tuesday, Jurgen Klopp will regrettably be without one of his most dependable players in Europe, but the presence of the No. 4 will undoubtedly elevate the play of Joe Gomez or Joel Matip, or whoever else he pairs up with.
In the wider context of our pursuit of top four football, we’re starting to get key men back at the right time, which should hopefully mean that we’re able to build on a confidence-boosting victory over our city rivals.
We shouldn’t celebrate too widly, of course, given Everton’s obvious difficulties on the pitch but this was a win that most closely resembled the Liverpool of old and should offer a platform from which to mount a top four challenge.
Both Diogo Jota and Bobby Firmino will offer Klopp exactly what he’s looking for in terms of defending from the front, whilst a rested Jordan Henderson furnished us with both leadership and solidity in the midfield.
It’s still a leap to suggest that we could secure silverware this term in the form of the Champions League (though one can never rule us out in Europe) but there’s no reason to think that Liverpool are out of the race for European football next term whilst our rivals are slipping up.