But he now feels no pain and believes he is closing in on being at his sharpest again following an impressive showing in the Premier League Asia Trophy win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
The Liverpool captain has since returned to action this preseason and revealed in an interview after an open training session at the Mong Kok Stadium that he does not have to manage his foot in order to train and play in the Reds' warm-up fixtures. "I've trained every day since I've been back totally fine".
"I'm really enjoying just being back". I couldn't be happier to just be training here, working really hard and, obviously, just playing games.
"Hopefully I can just be injury-free and keep doing what I keep doing".
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He was arrested on Tuesday following raids on federation headquarters and other sites as part of a fraud probe launched in 2016. RFEF and the Tenerife federation have made no public comment on the case since Tuesday.
"Of course, it gives me extra confidence. I feel stronger every training session, every game, so hopefully I can keep progressing, keep working hard and then come first game of the season, hopefully I'm right back to full fitness", he said.
Shakespeare's side overcame West Brom in their opening game to book a place in the final and despite the players still brushing off the cobwebs, their manager expects a competitive game. "I know I can improve on a lot more things".
"It will stand us in good stead for the upcoming games". I would have it no different and I am sure the players will have it no different'. I feel good. Probably the best I felt was in the game the other night.
Saturday's game promises to be another ideal opportunity for Klopp to experiment with his squad and for the likes of summer signings Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke to get more valuable game time alongside their new teammates.
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