Liverpool handed double injury boost as Jurgen Klopp details "plan" for Watford clash

By Callum Vurley

Liverpool have been handed a double injury boost ahead of the match against Watford this weekend.

Jurgen Klopp has already detailed his plan against the Hornets as they plot to stamp themselves as title contenders.

Manchester City and Chelsea have been tipped for greatness this year but the Reds reasserted themselves as a force last week with a 2-2 draw against the Premier League champions.

However, Klopp has been without some of his key players in recent times - including Trent Alexander-Arnold and Diogo Jota.

But both are back in training to hand Liverpool a major boost on Saturday in the early kick-off.

Alexander-Arnold had been missing prior to the international break against City and Porto in the Champions League with James Milner filling in for the England international.

Jota, on the other hand, had to pull out of national duty through a muscle issue to throw his availability in doubt this weekend.

But the Portuguese is back in action and could start against Watford on Saturday.

And Klopp has detailed his plan for the duo, though he had concerns with one player.

He said: “They are all good, they are all in a good way, let me say it like this.

“So it looks really like Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and Diogo [Jota] will be fine, they will train with us tomorrow completely normal, that’s the plan.

“Thiago needs probably a little bit longer, [he] was not in team training yet – that’s always not a good sign for starting the next game."

Liverpool have some big matches coming up with Atletico Madrid to come in the Champions League before a trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.

Watford will be hoping to pull off an upset this weekend after sacking Xisco Munoz and replacing him with Claudio Ranieri.

The Italian has great experience of the Premier League, having managed Chelsea, Leicester and Fulham, winning the title with the Foxes.

Ranieri is on the verge of turning 70 and has his sights on breaking Roy Hodgson's record as the oldest manager in the league, at 74.

"I am so young. I don't feel [my age]," he said.

"Football is my life. If I feel good, if I feel emotion, if I feel I have enough energy to give to my players, I want to continue."


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