Jurgen Klopp says full-back Jon Flanagan has not been involved for Liverpool recently because he is still not training properly.
The defender recently signed a new three-year contract after making a return to action earlier in the campaign after over a year out with a serious knee injury.
He hasn’t featured since starting the Premier League defeat at Southampton last month and, even though he is ineligible for the Europa League, he has been overlooked for the past five league games with youngster Connor Randall and first-choice right-back Nathaniel Clyne selected ahead of him, while Brad Smith has been preferred on the bench as well.
Flanagan may be involved in Sunday’s clash at Swansea with changes expected due to the Europa League semi-final second-leg against Villarreal on Thursday as Klopp explained he is still working hard and training – as often as possible – to build up his fitness base.
“Flanno’s situation is not too easy to explain,” Klopp said. “He cannot train all the time and when you are out for such a long period you cannot build a base.
“That is all. It is a little bit similar, but a different story, to what I said about Daniel Sturridge.
“If we want to help him we need to work on his physical resistance so he is really ready for more than one game and does not need two or three days recovery. That is not how it should work. That is what we will try to do.”