Liverpool get back down to business on the training ground after FA Cup loss to Wolves as Virgil van Dijk and Co switch focus to league trip to Brighton
- Liverpool tried to shake off the FA Cup loss at Wolves in training on Wednesday
- The Reds return to league action on Saturday when they travel down to Brighton
- Liverpool are four points clear of Manchester City at the Premier League summit
- Virgil van Dijk came through training fine as Jurgen Klopp tackles an injury crisis
Liverpool looked to shake off their FA Cup defeat to Wolves as they returned to training at Melwood on Wednesday afternoon.
The Reds return to league action on Saturday when they will be hoping to defend their four point lead at the summit of the table as they travel to face Brighton.
Liverpool looked to shake off their FA Cup defeat to Wolves as they returned to training
James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri perform some stretches in the early stages of the session
Georginio Wignaldum and Roberto Firmino battle for the ball in freezing cold conditions
Striker Daniel Sturridge failed to impress at Molineux as Liverpool were dumped out by Wolves
Jurgen Klopp watches on as he tries to guide his Liverpool team through a defensive crisis
Klopp will have been relieved to see star man Virgil van Dijk come through the session unscathed amid the club’s defensive injury crisis.
Liverpool only have one fit senior centre back at present after Dejan Lovren was forced off in the early stages on Monday. Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are already absent, meaning Klopp may have to use Fabinho in the heart of defence at the Amex.
Sadio Mane was also taking part in training the day after the African Player of the Year awards took place in Senegal but there was no sign of Mohamed Salah, who won the coveted prize on Tuesday night.
The Egyptian edged Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the final standings and is expected to return to training soon before the trip to the south coast at the weekend.
The goalkeepers were also put through their paces with Alisson set to return between the posts after Simon Mignolet played on Monday night.
The Brazilian stopper was captured flying through the air as he was tested by goalkeeping coach John Achterberg during the session.
Van Dijk smiles as he chases the ball in one exercise with the Dutchman the only fit centre back
Wijnaldum climbs above his team-mates to win a towering header on a sunny day at Melwood
Young full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold carries two mannequins as he practised set pieces
Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson jumps in the air as he was challenged physically by coaches
Alisson dives across to make a one-handed save as he prepares to return in goal at Brighton
Earlier this week, Alisson shed light on why he chose to join the Reds rather than Chelsea in the summer.
The Brazilian was a high profile target for both sides but decided to join Jurgen Klopp’s team and has impressed ever since.
‘This is a club with five European Cups in their trophy cabinet. I really wanted to be part of that history. I’ve always admired Liverpool’s history,’ he said.
He also noted that the uncertainty around Chelsea following the sacking of Antonio Conte counted against the Blues.
‘I chose Liverpool for the same reasons I went to Roma when I first left Brazil – I thought this would be the best move for my career.
‘Chelsea were changing their manager and not playing in the Champions League,’ he added.