Liverpool Team News: Klopp Confirms Duo Will Return + Sturridge To Face West Ham
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed two key men will return to the squad for tomorrow night’s FA Cup clash with West Ham while Daniel Sturridge is also set to feature
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has held his pre-match press conference this afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup replay with West Ham and he’s given a team news and injury update.
The German coach revealed that Daniel Sturridge is set to make his long-awaited comeback after finally overcoming a series of injury problems that have restricted him to just six appearances in all competitions this season.
Sturridge returned to the squad at the weekend after impressing in training on Friday and was an unused substitute during the 2-2 draw with Sunderland but Klopp says the striker is set to play some part tomorrow night.
In a further boost, the Reds boss also confirmed that Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi are set to feature against the Hammers at Upton Park but not all three will be able to start the game as they won’t be able to complete the full ninety minutes plus potential extra-time.
Coutinho has been out with a hamstring injury in recent weeks while Origi has been nursing a knee problem for over a month but the duo returned to full training last week and are set to return to the squad tomorrow night.
Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com:
“We haven’t decided about the starting line-up. We now have a very important session.
“[Sturridge] was fit enough to be on the bench. He was impressive in the last session on Friday night, so we thought ‘come on, if there’s a chance for 10 or 15 minutes, we should try it’.
“We spoke to him and he said he would like to. But then the game had a different story and there was no possibility with the two early changes.
“Divock and Phil will be in training today too and are in the squad, hopefully, for tomorrow.
“It’s a little bit complicated because extra-time is possible. We have to look at who will start – they can’t all start together, that’s not possible because we know we would have to change three times because the whole game would be too much in this moment.
“So we have to figure out how we do it best but we will find a solution, for sure.”
It will come as a major boost for Klopp to be able to call upon Sturridge again as Liverpool have sorely missed the striker this season with Christian Benteke struggling to settle following his move last summer.
Coutinho’s availability will also come as a significant boost for the Merseysiders as the playmaker is one of their key players and someone who will give them another creative figure in the final third during the second half of the season.
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