Liverpool have been handed a massive boost ahead of their clash with Manchester City this weekend as all of Luis Diaz, Darwin Nunez and Kostas Tsimikas were spotted in training ahead of the tie at Anfield.
The game, which last season was a title decider, remains just as important this season but for different reasons, with the two clubs having gone in different directions.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who have lost at home to Manchester City just twice since 2000, need three points from the clash to cling onto any real hope of a Champions League finish, while a win for the visitors would cut the gap to Arsenal at the top of the Premier League to five points ahead of Mikel Arteta’s side hosting Leeds United later in the day.
The Reds currently sit five points behind Newcastle United, and a loss would almost end any hopes of closing that gap and being able to offer Champions League football next season. A point at least is required.
And, to that end, there is good news for Klopp and co., with Luis Diaz in line to make his long-awaited return to the matchday squad, having been missing since October with a knee injury.
Almost certain not to start the game, the Colombian’s return will come as a massive boost to Klopp, who can now call upon six players in his front three with Diogo Jota having returned last month.
Better still, summer addition Darwin Nunez has shrugged off the injury that ruled him out of international duty with Uruguay, and could be in line to start against the Cityzens.
Also back is Greek defender Tsimikas, giving Liverpool yet more options in their squad.
Liverpool fans will be hoping that the return of two of their more recent attacking additions will coincide with an upturn in their season form and a late push for a spot in the top 4.