As Liverpool embark on a favourable winter schedule, what is the latest on the availability of Mohamed Salah (£12.2m)?

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Following the 3-0 win over Leicester on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp said of Salah:

“That’s what I’ve heard, yes, it [was] negative today. I think he is from now on pretty normal in testing. Tomorrow we have the UEFA testing for the Champions League and I am pretty sure he will be in that.

“He can now train with us tomorrow, that’s it. He will have two [covid] tests in the next two days, so, yes, he will be tested like all of us.”

Fantasy Premier League bosses who held onto the Egyptian will be breathing a sigh of relief at Klopp’s update, while those who sold Salah may be considering re-entry plans quicker than expected.

For his own part, Salah put up a picture on his Instagram story from the gym at Liverpool’s training ground on Monday.

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Salah is back in training after testing negative for Covid-19

The news on Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.3m) is less positive, though Klopp was not in the mood to put a timescale on the right-back’s return before Liverpool’s Gameweek 9 fixture.

“Trent is not only out for a game or so, it’ll be slightly longer. So that means we need to use all the options we have there and [James Milner] is one of them.”

The versatile Milner, priced as a £5.3m midfielder in FPL, was singled out for praise by his manager after the Reds’ comfortable victory against the Foxes. Klopp told Sky Sports:

“We scored three goals and didn’t concede one, we defended exceptionally well, controlled the game, there were a lot of good things. I can’t pick one that pleased me most; maybe the performance of James Milner at right-back. He played an exceptional game, first there and then in midfield.

“That is what we expect from ourselves, injuries were a massive shock in that moment but the boys have to offer solutions. We have centre-halves, they are really young. They are not experienced, you saw the bench tonight.”

While Milner’s effective showing in defence may temper the prospects of Neco Williams (£3.9m) as an FPL enabler, an injury to Naby Keita (£5.2m) saw the young full-back introduced as Milner’s services were required in midfield. On Keita, Klopp explained:

“He felt his hamstring and was not able to play on, otherwise he would have stayed on the pitch. It’s a tricky situation and when Naby goes off with a muscle injury, you know the problems will not get smaller. We have to make sure we recover but the Naby injury didn’t help at all.”

Along with Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri (£6.4m) is also now in the Liverpool treatment room.

“Shaq, how I know it, he had a muscle injury with the national team which he didn’t really realise. Now he trained with us, we gave him a day off and then he came back and was involved in the session, but was not fully involved and all these kind of things.

“He just did a little bit, after that he felt a little bit. Then we did a scan and they found he has an injury from five or six days ago.  Nobody knew about that, not even Shaq knew about it but that’s how things sometimes are and so he was not able to be involved.”

The loss of Keita, in particular, might see Milner needed in midfield with club captain Jordan Henderson (£5.4m) also sidelined for an undefined period. That could open the door for Neco Williams to earn minutes in the short term, while £4.0m men Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams (£4.0m) – who missed GW9 with a minor injury – looks set to play as back-up to Joel Matip (£5.4m) and the fit-again Fabinho (£5.4m).

On operating at centre-back, Fabinho said after the Leicester win:

“Centre-half, I try to be always in good communication with my team-mates – Joel, Robbo, the players around me. They help me a lot.

“We knew we were playing against a very good team and a very dangerous striker [Jamie Vardy] but the communication was very important for that as well. I know in this position I have to be concentrated every minute of the game and I’m happy because we kept the clean sheet.”

Diogo Jota (£6.6m) earned a price rise on Sunday night after scoring for the third time in four gameweeks. Asked about Jota’s goal, which involved a 30-pass build-up, Klopp reserved special praise for Andy Robertson (£7.1m):

“Especially this goal, he couldn’t have scored without an outstanding cross from Andy Robertson. What a situation in the whole build-up.

“All these passes and then I think it was Joel to Robbo. Albrighton tries everything to win the battle, the little challenge there and Robbo is really good first contact. Then a sensational cross, super move from Diogo.”

Liverpool sit fourth in the Hub’s Fixture Ticker when sorted by attack over the next six gameweeks. The Merseysiders travel to Brighton in Gameweek 10 before games against Wolves (H), Fulham (a), Spurs (H), Crystal Palace (a) and West Brom (H).

Despite being without some key players, Salah’s return and the form of Jota are key considerations for FPL bosses as the Gameweek 10 deadline on Friday [18:30 UK time] looms.

Check out our Ultimate Guide to FPL Gameweek 10 for all the key information, stats and tips you need going into the weekend’s action.

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