At last glance, Liverpool had sustained the third most injuries in the Premier League this season. It was a tough place for Jurgen Klopp to start out from, but the list of players on his very talented Injured Starting XI™ is slowly getting smaller. Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson both made welcome cameos against Swansea on Sunday, and Klopp is certain that another key player will return against Southampton in the League Cup later this week.
"I think Philippe [Coutinho] has a chance for Wednesday," Klopp confirmed. "He had a very intensive session (training) yesterday. We decided two or three days ago that we didn't want to risk him for Swansea. But now I think he is fit, but I will talk tomorrow with him. I think he is ready."
Despite taking all three points against Swansea, Liverpool missed Coutinho's efforts on the day. His injury came not just at a point when he was on an uptick of form, having scored four goals and an assist in his last three games, but at a time when he and Roberto Firmino's on pitch understanding was beginning to blossom beautifully. Firmino did not have a great day at the office against Swansea, which could have been due to tiredness from midweek exertions in Europe but also not having Philippe to tango with.
Liverpool's tricky away tie versus Southampton kicks off a busy December that sees the Reds play seven matches in under a month. Advancement in the League Cup will be of utmost importance, and it looks like Coutinho will return just when Jurgen Klopp might need more players than usual.