Liverpool handed another big injury boost with Ibrahima Konate – Liverpool FC

Liverpool are expected to have a much stronger squad upon their return to action, with Ibrahima Konate being the latest to regain fitness after a lengthy absence.

Konate is yet to feature for the Reds this season, having been forced out midway through the 3-0 loss to Strasbourg in the last game of pre-season.

Therefore, the French player missed nearly two months, due to a knee problem he suffered at Anfield and one of the many setbacks for Jurgen Klopp’s squad already this season.

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In his absence, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Nat Phillips were all involved with Virgil van Dijk in defence, keeping only two clean sheets in nine matches.

Having inevitably ended his first season, showing off his potential as a world-class defender, Konat undoubtedly missed him.

But according to French website RMC Sport, the 23-year-old “has just received the go-ahead from Liverpool’s medical staff for a possible return to the squad next weekend against Brighton”.

It was already known that Konate was back in light training before the international break, but 17 days between matches allowed him to regain fitness before joining his teammates.

As it stands, Klopp will have five decent defensive players to choose from, although he will likely take a cautious approach with Konate given the nature of his injury.

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Impressed by Matip after returning from trouble of his own, he took charge from Gomez after a despicable display from the England player during a 4-1 humiliation in Napoli on September 7.

The presence of the 32nd place finisher should allow Klopp to facilitate Konate’s return, although with nine games coming up in October alone there will be no shortage of opportunities.

Jordan Henderson also recovered from a hamstring injury to come back during the break, while Curtis Jones, Andy Robertson, Kawimhen Kelleher and Calvin Ramsey are not thought to be far.

So far, the Liverpool internationals have not registered any new injuries, with Mohamed Salah allowed to return early from Egypt to rest, and the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino not taking advantage.

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