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Klopp boosted by double return as Liverpool gear up for Premier League run-in

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has received a welcome selection boost ahead of Thursday’s Premier League encounter with Sheffield United.

Curtis Jones and Andy Robertson are back in contention for the clash with the Blades.

Midfielder Jones has been sidelined since February due to an ankle injury. However, the England youth international has returned to full training and is pushing for a return.  

Klopp highlighted Jones’ importance before his injury, stating (via Liverpool’s official website), “He was incredibly important. He set the tone and played an outstanding season.” 

The German manager remains cautiously optimistic about Jones’ return. He suggested the midfielder will play a limited role to manage his return.

Left-back Robertson picked up a knock while on international duty with Scotland. The defender has now recovered from the ankle issue. 

There was also positive news on the long-term injury front. Key players Diogo Jota, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Alisson Becker are all expected to rejoin training next week. 

Youngster Stefan Bajcetic is also nearing a return after training with the U21s this week ahead of rejoining the first team.

However, Wataru Endo is doubtful for the game after picking up a knock in the recent win over Brighton & Hove Albion, where he was fantastic in midfield.

The Reds have been buoyed by the returning players, but Klopp downplayed Liverpool’s status as favourites in the title race.  

He emphasised the importance of ignoring outside noise and focusing on the team playing to its potential. “There are no guarantees, just opportunities,” he declared.  

Klopp avoided discussing Manchester City and Arsenal’s upcoming matches, adding: “I always expect them to win. We just need to win our football games.”

Liverpool will be looking to maintain their title charge when they host United on Thursday, with the return of Jones and Robertson providing a major boost to their hopes.

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