With Liverpool set for a trip to Watford’s Vicarage Road tomorrow, Jürgen Klopp will be assessing his options and whether or not Adam Lallana or Daniel Sturridge will be available to him.
Liverpool will continue their bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League by travelling to Watford. As has been the case for much of the season, the Reds may be understaffed and will require those available to be in good nick to get a result.
Two players that Jürgen Klopp is hopeful of having at his disposal are Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge, with both returning to training this week.
Although everyone is well aware of Sturridge’s abilities, Lallana is the player that is needed back more. The English midfielder’s creative talents and energy have been missed but he may well be set for a return against the Hornets.
After six weeks of not being able to call on his trusted midfielder, Klopp is excited about having him back in the side for the last few games of the season.
“I saw his last four rehab sessions and he looked really good,” the German commented to the press ahead of the journey to Watford.
“In the end, it’s a difference from that to first-team training but it’s wonderful to have him back. In our situation, to have a player back from injury, it’s great.
“You have to think about whether he could start and whether he is ready for 45 minutes or more. If not then he cannot start because we cannot make the first change in the first half. We’ll see how he is but it’s the best news we could get.”
Klopp is also hopeful of having Daniel Sturridge in the matchday squad with the forward returning to training after a hip injury sidelined him for Crystal Palace’s visit to Anfield.
“We have to see,” added Klopp. “He played twice and then had a little setback. Now he is back in training. I have to see how they look on the pitch but it’s good to have them back.”
With more players available to Klopp, Liverpool will be hopeful of returning to winning ways at Vicarage Road after Crystal Palace haunted Liverpool once again. That’s three wins at Anfield in as many attempts for the Eagles.
Failure to beat Watford may well condemn Liverpool to another season without Champions League football and this is something that Klopp and co. cannot afford.