Jürgen Klopp offered an injury update on Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip ahead of Liverpool’s massive showdown with Manchester United.
Philippe Coutinho made his return to action after almost seven weeks out against Southampton in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final at St. Mary’s stadium on Wednesday. His return was well met by supporters although he was understandably rusty after missing almost two months of football.
Liverpool have suffered without the composure of Jordan Henderson in the holding midfield role and his return could quite literally be the difference between victory and defeat. His control over the game is underrated and his absence in the last two weeks has shown just how important he is to Liverpool.
There really is no point even discussing how important Joel Matip is after the dire displays put in by both Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren against Southampton.
Despite reports that Coutinho and Henderson could start at Old Trafford and that Matip will return to the bench, Klopp was surprisingly ‘tight-lipped’ over the fitness of his players.
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“They bring quality,” Klopp said according to Sky Sports.
“Without Phil, you miss his creativity, finishing. He is very important. It’s the same as Hendo but when they aren’t available you don’t think too much about it.
“We had to find a solution [in recent weeks] and I think we have done that well. It’s good they are back, if they are back [for the weekend].”
Klopp confirmed that Henderson, Coutinho and Matip all trained on Thursday, adding, “We have to wait for the reaction and then make a lineup.”
Liverpool will be hoping to have their stars back for what is arguably the most important game of the season so far – we say that a lot, but it’s true. If Liverpool lose to United and all the other top six sides win, the Reds will end the weekend outside the top four which is a disaster.
Big weekend for Liverpool and for Jürgen Klopp.