Speaking to the broadcast media at Melwood, Jürgen Klopp provided an update on his injured players.
It has been well documented this season how Liverpool have struggled with injuries. Important players like Coutinho, Mané and Henderson have been absent for extended periods of time and it has negatively affected Liverpool’s chances of silverware.
Recently, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge have had injury issues, with the latter struggling in particular.
That being said, both English internationals returned to the side last weekend and played a role from the bench.
Ahead of Liverpool’s massive game against West Ham this weekend, Jürgen Klopp has confirmed that both Lallana and Sturridge will be available for selection.
Via Liverpool’s official website, Klopp said, “He [Sturridge] looks ready. Him and Adam are two top players. These two are options.“
“After Watford, when Adam came in early, he felt the 70 minutes really. We had to manage the intensity through the week.
“After coming from injury, if you could immediately play 90 minutes that would be perfect. But, unfortunately, in football, the real match is too intense that you can work that hard in training.
“He trained only twice before this game [against Southampton last weekend]. He was an option, but actually not for starting. Now he is in another situation, so that means we have two more options if nothing else happens.
“I’ve said it a few times, as long as we have 11, we will fight.”
Having Sturridge and Lallana available is of huge importance to Liverpool, given the Reds recent injury history. There have been calls for Sturridge to start over Divock Origi on Sunday and perhaps, if he’s ready to start, Klopp could make such a move given the Belgian’s woeful form.
Klopp also spoke about Lucas and Firmino who have missed training this week.
“We spoke about Roberto. Since a few weeks [ago] we have to manage the intensity in training,” Klopp explained.
“It’s a little bit another muscle which he feels. Everybody can imagine, Roberto is a real mentality player, so he wants always [to play]. We need to make the decisions for him sometimes.
“We left him out of training. It’s a muscle thing. We have to wait and give him as much time as possible.
“Lucas, after the game, [felt the same]. I asked both a lot of times, ‘OK? OK?’ and everybody said ‘Yes, yes’. After the game they felt it.
“After the game, Lucas felt two different muscles and we said ‘OK, we have to wait also’. Lucas could be back in training today, we have to see. Roberto, tomorrow if possible. Then we make the decisions.”
Liverpool also have Sadio Mané and Jordan Henderson on the sidelines, but neither are expected to make a meaningful impact on the rest of the season despite midweek reports that Hendo could return to play against Middlesbrough.
Having not played for three months, it would be unwise to through him straight back in with Champions League football on the line.