Four things seen at Liverpool training as Jurgen Klopp greets a VIP visitor

Liverpool’s training session at the AXA Centre on Thursday was overseen by Sir Kenny Dalglish

The legendary former Reds player and manager was at the £50 million Kirkby training facility ahead of his appearance at the M&S Bank Arena on Thursday evening as part of the panel for the Sky Sports program ‘The Overlap Live’.

The famous Dalglish will join Jamie Carragher, Gary Neville, Roy Keane, and host Josh Denzel for the live version of the popular YouTube show, where all of the respected panel discuss their careers and current happenings in football, alongside his daughter Kelly Cates.

Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher

Dalglish was asked to witness Liverpool practice before his guest appearance on the banks of the Mersey, as Jurgen Klopp put his players through their paces ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Wolves.

The great Scot, who personally handed Klopp the Premier League championship to lift at Anfield in July 2020, was spotted speaking with the current manager on the sidelines of the grounds as the players went through their pre-Molineux training procedures.

In other news, Virgil van Dijk and Roberto Firmino seemed to be doing individual training outside at the Kirkby base as they continue their respective injury recoveries.

Van Dijk has been out since suffering a hamstring injury in the second half of the defeat to Brentford on January 2, while Firmino hasn’t played since mid-November due to a calf problem.

After sustaining the injury on the day of Liverpool’s Carabao Cup defeat at Manchester City on December 22, it was thought that Firmino would be able to play some role in the festive break, but a setback in his recuperation has seen him miss nine games in all.

Roberto Firmino
Roberto Firmino

It’s uncertain whether either will be declared fit for Saturday’s game, with Klopp scheduled to deliver the latest injury news at the AXA Centre on Friday afternoon.

Involved is a young goalie.

Following his return from a loan spell with Radomiak Radom, goalkeeper Jakub Ojrzynski was among the shot-stoppers who took part in Thursday’s training alongside Alisson Becker, Adrian, and Caoimhin Kelleher.

With spending last season on loan with Welsh Premier League club Caernarfon Town, the 19-year-old returned to Merseyside in mid-January after only three appearances in all competitions.

Ibrahima Konaté
Ibrahima Konaté

Phillips tries to attract the viewer’s attention.

Nat Phillips was also involved in the training, hoping to attract Klopp’s attention in the absence of both Van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate, who will also be out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury.

Phillips had been linked with a move away in the closing weeks of the summer window, but Konate’s problem put a stop to it, with Klopp anxious to retain the defender around to provide insurance for Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.

Phillips has made just two Premier League starts this season, but he is in consideration for this weekend as Klopp considers what to do in the absence of Konate, who has been partnering Gomez recently after Matip was dropped following the 3-0 loss at Brighton.


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