Liverpool have been handed a double injury boost as both Emre Can and Danny Ings could be fit before the end of the season.
Germany international Can was ruled out for up to six weeks after a scan confirmed he had damaged ankle ligaments in last week’s 4-3 Europa League win over Borussia Dortmund.
It was thought the 22-year-old would struggle to play again for the Reds before the end of the campaign but there are now hopes the midfielder could be ready to return for the Europa League final in Basel on May 18 – if Jurgen Klopp’s side get there.
Asked if Can was recovering quicker than expected, Klopp said in his press conference on Friday: “He is. He’s recovering much better. There might be a new timescale but I’m not telling you because there is no proof yet! But he is very good.”
Meanwhile, Ings is also closing in on making a full return to training early next month and he too could be available for the final few weeks of the season.
The striker suffered a serious knee injury in October and was not expected to be fit until the summer at the earliest. However, he has made great progress and Klopp says he might be available for the run-in.
“Danny’s in a really good way after a serious injury but he’s not back in team training yet,” Klopp said. “Maybe two weeks, I’m not too sure, it was four or five days ago when someone sent me the email saying it was two weeks until he could train with the team.
“I don’t know yet if he will be able to play again this season. That all depends on how he recovers and how he’s training. He’s been out for a long time.”
Ings’ potential return would be timely with fellow striker Divock Origi not expected to play again this season due to the ankle injury he sustained in the win over Everton on Wednesday.