Jurgen Klopp gave Liverpool supporters updates on the fitness of three of our key players ahead of tomorrow’s League Cup tie with Southampton on the south coast.
Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson returned from lengthy layoffs during our weekend victory over Swansea City, and according to the German boss, whose press-conference was reported by BBC Sport, both will be in the squad on Wednesday.
“Good news (on Henderson and Sturridge). It wasn’t easy for them on Sun, especially Jordan. Daniel did what we had talked about. Everyone could see Sturridge’s quality,” he began.
“We can’t ignore that there could be extra-time. 120 minutes would be too much. Henderson and Sturridge will be in the squad. We have these two options.”
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Along with the English pair, Klopp is waiting on Coutinho, who’s missed our past two fixtures with the hamstring injury he picked up against Manchester City during our sensational 4-1 victory at the Etihad.
The Brazilian has a chance of featuring at the ground he once hit a famous 35-yard thunderbolt, but our manager wants to see how he comes through Tuesday afternoon training first.
“I can’t make a decision in this moment because we haven’t trained yet today. So that’s it, and in the end we have to talk about everything again with the medical department and Phil. He will be close. It’s possible. But we have to check, or double check the situation. You’ll have to wait!”
If Coutinho isn’t 100% it might be better to rest him, as the Premier League tie at St. James’s Park with Newcastle is absolutely crucial – and we’ll need him ready. Perhaps a thirty minute cameo from the bench will benefit Coutinho most.