Takumi Minamino, Thiago Alcantara, Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino, Joel Matip and Divock Origi could all start for Liverpool against Brentford in the Premier League but they must return to training in the next 11 days.
Jurgen Klopp is also set to return from isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.
Alisson, Firmino and Matip are all in COVID-19 isolation after missing the Chelsea game as a result of positive tests and are expected to miss the EFL Cup semi-final as well but they should return in time to face Brentford on the 16th of January.
Thiago, who had COVID right before Christmas, then missed the Leicester game with ‘muscle soreness’ and is now out with a hip injury that hasn’t been reported on by journalists and neither has Jurgen Klopp offered any great detail on the issue.
Hopefully, he returns to training this week or at the start of next week or at the very latest by the end of the next week so that he can start against Brentford as he is the lynchpin in this Liverpool side.
Every game he has started this season, Liverpool have won. It’s no coincidence either.
The Reds have taken the lead in 17 Premier League games and won just 12 of them while Manchester City have also taken the lead in 17 games but have won 100% of those matches.
That’s the difference between a very good top-four team and a relentless championship side.
Thiago makes up that differential for Jurgen Klopp’s side if he can remain fit as he gives the German and his players the control required in midfield whether it’s just winning a second ball, keeping hold of the ball during a period of the game where the Anfield outfit lacks control or when the Merseysiders simply need to up the tempo.
He’s also an experienced winner with years of experience and you can’t replicate that or simulate that.
Takumi Minamino has also been running outside and is expected back soon while Divock Origi is just as much of a question mark as Thiago.
Diogo Jota is currently the only natural attacker available to Jurgen Klopp and so he needs some of his attackers to return and at the time of writing, there are only 11 days left of training/recovery to make it back in time for the Premier League clash against Brentford.