Diaz, Keita, Matip and Milner

The Reds host Derby County in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night and then face Southampton at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday, their final games before the World Cup break.

James Milner will return for the second of those games following concussion, while Naby Keita’s availability for the weekend will be assessed.

Joel Matip is unlikely to return in time to face the Saints, although Lijnders was able to report a positive step in Luis Diaz’s recovery from the knee problem he suffered last month.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, the assistant manager said: “Naby will be difficult, he is still training individually. See you at Southampton.

“Millie will definitely be ready for Southampton, but this game [against Derby] it’s too soon for tomorrow

“Then we have, of course, Joel, who is getting closer to team training but probably won’t make it to Southampton.

“The longer the injuries, Luis Díaz runs for the first time on Thursday. It’s good news because we all know how important it was last year and the second half of the season.

“And Jota will take longer.”

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