Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has welcomed the returns of Daniel Sturridge and Emre Can from their respective injuries.
The striker and midfielder both made substitute appearances in the second half of the Merseyside derby on Monday night, making significant contributions on Liverpool’s way to a 1-0 win over Everton.
Klopp says Sturridge and Can’s returns provide some much-needed options, ahead of a busy period in the Premier League, which will see his side play three games in only seven days.
“It was very important [to have them back].”, the German told Liverpool’s official website.
“Daniel, [had] trained only two times, so we were really waiting for the moment when we could use him, [then] the game was for him at the end. Twice training is not the biggest intensity.
“It was pretty much the same for Emre, who trained a little bit longer and didn’t have a long break.
“It’s very important they are back. We need these options to change to do some things in and around a game. It’s good.”
With Liverpool sitting second in the league, only six points adrift of leaders Chelsea, the next three games against Stoke City, Manchester City and Sunderland could be pivotal to sustaining their title challenge, clearly explaining why the returns of Sturridge and Can are important.
However, more than providing just options, the duo also provide a fresh release of determination. Sturridge is still looking for his first Premier League goal of the season and a regular place in manager Klopp’s plans, whilst Can is looking to maintain a good run of form that has seen him find his own scoring boots with three league goals this season.
Altogether it makes up for two players who, when given a chance in Klopp’s team, will surely give motivated performances, ones that can only boost the Reds on their hunt for success.