Nathaniel Clyne: These two returning Liverpool stars can fire us to trophies

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Nathaniel Clyne is hopeful that Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge can inspire Liverpool to silverware this season after returning from injury.

The attacking duo have recently made their comebacks from lengthy layoffs and their impact was immediate as we thrashed Aston Villa 6-0 on Sunday.

That was the first game that both Sturridge and Coutinho have started since the Merseyside derby in October, and Clyne has stressed their importance to us.

The England full-back believes that, with the pair fit and firing again, the Reds should be aiming to win a trophy or two between now and the end of the season.

We have the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City next weekend, and begin our quest for Europa League glory away to Augsburg in the last 32 this evening.

“Sturridge and Coutinho are both quality players. They are massive for us. They can get us goals and offer a real attacking threat,” Clyne told the official club website.

“It is good to have them back and you can see the difference their quality makes to us. I am sure they are hungry and fresh for the rest of the season.

“It was a good all-round performance against Villa. We scored a lot of goals and were solid in defence. We were clinical and that is what we have to be moving forward. I’m sure they are going to be even better in the future.

“We had a lot of injuries during a difficult period and lost quality players at an important time. But we have got a lot of them back now and hopefully we can push on for the rest of the season. We want to build up our momentum.”

“We know Augsburg will be difficult but we want to get into the next round and keep winning so that we reach the final.

“It would be great if we could win that cup. We know it offers a route to the Champions League and we are taking it seriously.”

Manager Jurgen Klopp has also signalled his intention to take the Europa League seriously. “We are in the last 32 and we can see the line,” he said, according to the Echo.

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