Coutinho, Sturridge and Marko Grujic injury update

Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge have both returned to team training while Marko Grujic is on the verge of making his return to Melwood.

Liverpool fans have been deprived of the magic that Philippe Coutinho brings to the side for long enough now and the no.10 is on course to feature against Manchester United next week at Old Trafford.

The Brazilian took part in full team training this week for the first time since late November and despite setting a target to return on New Year’s Eve to face Man City, Coutinho’s return to the team coincides well with Sadio Mane’s departure for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Speaking at a pre-Plymouth Argyle press conference, Jurgen Klopp provided an update on Coutinho and Joel Matip. “Both of them [Coutinho and Matip] are in a very good way, but not for this weekend,” Klopp said.

Daniel Sturridge showed exactly what he is capable of against Sunderland last week with an opportunistic header over Vito Mannone. The Englishman was a creative outlet for the entire game and came close to scoring with a number of well-struck, curling efforts from outside the box.

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The biggest criticism of Sturridge is about his fitness. Despite scoring the opener, the no.15 later limped off the pitch after appearing to pick up a knock in a 50/50 with Papy Djilobodji.

On Friday, Klopp said that Sturridge was due back in training after missing a few sessions.

“He [Sturridge] hasn’t trained until now. Probably today [he will train],” said Klopp.

It’s likely that the Englishman will be rested for today’s FA Cup clash with Plymouth Argyle at Anfield in preparation for the league cup semi-final against Southampton and a crunch clash with Manchester United in the Premier League.

One player who seems to have slipped by and has received very little attention is Marko Grujic. The Serbian has been out for a number of weeks with a tendon issue but is close to a return.

Klopp said, “Yes [he is still injured], but he is on a good way too.

“Maybe the end of this week or the start of next week he will be back in team training.

“It was difficult and we had to do not too much because it was how it is with muscles, they all heal differently.

“In this case, he obviously took a little bit longer. He is not injured anymore, but he is not match fit.”

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