Jurgen Klopp offers injury update, dismisses Pato rumours and says recalling Ward was easy decision

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp addressed the media ahead of Wednesday night's Premier League clash with Arsenal at Anfield.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has received a slight injury boost at the heart of his defence with news that Kolo Toure is set to play in Wednesday's game against Arsenal.

Toure missed the FA Cup third round tie against Exeter City due to cramp, but the Reds could have Mamadou Sakho available again after he missed the last two games due to a knee injury, with Klopp saying the Frenchman wants to be available.

If Sakho does not play, Klopp indicated that Lucas Leiva will start at the heart of the Reds' defence rather than Tiago Ilori whose loan spell at Aston Villa was cancelled - which saw him make his debut at Exeter on Friday night. 

Klopp also gave an update on Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren who are also on the sidelines, telling his pre-match press conference, as reported by the Liverpool Echo: "Kolo will be available. Sakho wants to be available. We will see.

"We have to look at Kolo and Mama. Then it's Lucas - our three centre-backs.

"Skrtel still a few weeks away. Lovren is close but we have to wait."

Jordan Henderson and Jordon Ibe could both make a return this week as the Reds' injury crisis seems to be easing a little.

The visit of Arsenal is the first of two huge games in the Premier League for the Reds at Anfield, with Manchester United visiting on Sunday, and it is something that Klopp seems to relish.

"It's always a big challenge to play against clubs like Arsenal and Man United," he said. "We have shown a plan against good footballing teams.

"We have to make good decisions in the right moment. We are looking forward to these games."

Klopp also confirmed that the club has recalled goalkeeper Danny Ward from his loan spell at Aberdeen, which he described as an easy decision after seeing how much he had improved during his time at the Dons.

The Liverpool manager also dismissed reports linking the club with a move for Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato, telling journalists: "My private advice to you is don't follow the Pato path any longer."

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