Liverpool Team News: Klopp Confirms Major Double Injury Boost
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed a double injury boost ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Swansea on Sunday. See the bosses team news update here
Liverpool get back to Premier League action this weekend when they entertain Swansea City at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Ahead of the game, Jurgen Klopp has been speaking at his pre-match press conference today and has given reporters a team news and injury update.
The German coach was pleased to reveal a welcome injury boost with the news that Daniel Sturridge’s latest injury is not thought to be serious.
The striker has once again seen his season disrupted by injuries which have restricted him to just three appearances so far this campaign but he made his return to the squad for last weekend’s win at Manchester City.
Sturridge was expected to step-up his comeback with an appearance against Bordeaux in the Europa League last night but was withdrawn from the squad after complaining of pain in his foot.
However, Klopp has eased fears over the 26-year-old’s fitness after telling reporters that the latest injury isn’t serious, but they’ll still have to be patient over his return to the first team.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss also had some positive news on Jordan Henderson after confirming the midfielder is desperate to make his comeback this weekend but the skipper’s fitness will be assessed ahead of the game.
Henderson has yet to play under Klopp after being ruled out for three months with a broken foot but he’s now back in full training and edging closer to a first team return, which will be a major boost for Liverpool.
Klopp is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News:
“I don’t know. But five weeks in a row without playing means he needs matches. It is not that serious.
“It’s completely normal after a long injury. His body had to adapt to the new intensity of training and learn what is serious pain and what is only pain.
“Everyone wants him back on the pitch but we all have to learn. Training for him was intensive. But we have to stay patient. I am sorry for you, sorry for me, sorry for him.”
“He [Henderson] wants to play but we have to wait. We’ll see every day how he adapts to the intensity of the previous day.
“Henderson is always [knocking] on the door, wanting to play. But he needs to be perfect physically. When in that shape we can use him.”
It will be a relief that Sturridge hasn’t suffered another serious injury but it’s still highly unlikely he’ll be involved in any capacity against Swansea this weekend as the club are going to have to be extremely cautious with him.
The same can be said for Henderson and I think a place on the bench is the best he can hope for this weekend after such a long spell on the sidelines.
However, Philippe Coutinho is expected to be back in contention after missing the win over Bordeaux with a minor hamstring injury that he sustained against Man City last weekend.
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