Luis Diaz: All Liverpool returnees to face Real Madrid


Liverpool could have all squad players back from  injury before Champions League clash with Real Madrid

Luis Diaz

Ahead of the Saturday match with Newcastle the Reds already have a relieving number of first team returnees. After an inspiring 2-0 win against Everton on Monday they now look to close the gap to the top-four position. 

Luis Diaz back running on grass

Luis Diaz is the latest player to be recovering well for the  Reds after a four-month spell on sidelines. The Liverpool forward was spotted running on the Kirkby training ground this week.

Diaz has not played since early October, when he was knocked out in Arsenal's 3-2 defeat, and was forced to fly back to Merseyside after ahead of the club's trip to Dubai for the World Cup in mid-December.

The Colombia international is not expected to return until March, but Klopp will provide an update on the winger today, when he will provide an injury update ahead of Saturday's trip to the north-east.

Diaz has been named in the Champions League last-16 squad and said last week that "his return for the second leg against Real Madrid on March 15 was a goal," however the player could now be ready to be back before then following the new development.

Diogo Jota, Arthur Melo, Roberto Firmino, Ben Doak, Virgil van Dijk back to full fitness

With Ibrahima Konate currently sidelined with a hamstring problem, Van Dijk's return comes at the right time for Klopp as the Reds look to close the gap on fourth-placed Newcastle to just six this weekend.

Klopp will give an update on the Dutchman's fitness when he addresses the media at lunchtime on Friday, but if the Newcastle game comes too early for Van Dijk, his comeback comes when Real Madrid visit Anfield next week and it's still good .

Van Dijk was fit enough to come on as a substitute in Monday's 2-0 win over Everton.

Young winger Ben Doak was spotted in Thursday afternoon's session.

Arthur Melo also took part in the training session as he continued to build up his fitness after returning to training last week after a four-month injury spell.

Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino were present present after coming off the bench against Everton.

Both forwards had suffered a long-term calf and a hamstring problem respectively.

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