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Lovren and Mignolet back to face Leicester

Jürgen Klopp

Dejan Lovren and Simon Mignolet are both available for Liverpool’s Boxing Day visit of Leicester City.

Reds’ defender Lovren has recovered from a knee problem while goalkeeper Mignolet returns following a hamstring injury. Both players missed Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat at Watford last week.

Speaking at today’s pre-match press conference, manager Jürgen Klopp said: “Dejan Lovren is back in training. He trained two days in a row, completely normal with the team.

“For five or six days he has been in normal training. He is available for Boxing Day.

“Simon Mignolet is also back. He trained normally today and will do so tomorrow.”

Defender Martin Skrtel is out for around 6 weeks with a hamstring problem while midfielder James Milner remains out with a calf problem.

“Martin Skrtel is not too good,” added Klopp. “It’s a hamstring with a little of the tendon involved. He needs time. We don’t know how long because Martin is tough and he usually recovers quickly but we can’t put him under any pressure. We have to wait a few weeks, for sure.

“James Milner has no chance for Leicester. Milly has a calf problem. Nobody knows where it came from. It wasn’t in the game [against West Brom]. But we have to wait one or two weeks, I don’t know exactly.”

Commenting on Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Rossiter, Klopp said: “Daniel is still doing his little pre-season in a good way. He is in intensive training at this time, and we will do this for seven, eight, nine, 10 days and we will see what happens then.

“For Jordan Rossiter, it’s really bad for him and us too. In Sion he injured the other side, similar to his previous hamstring injury. He felt it after five minutes in the game. It was really disappointing for him. That needs a really long time [to recover] too.”

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