After two months of Liverpool leading the Premier League's injury table, the Reds are finally getting some of their injured players back into the fold. Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge returned off the bench over the weekend and will be in line to play on Wednesday, and Jordan Rossiter is back in training.
"It's good news," said manager Jürgen Klopp when asked about the return of Henderson and Sturridge and the chance either—or maybe even both—could start against Southampton in the Capital One Cup. "It wasn't easy on them, especially for Jordan. And Daniel did what we had talked about. Everyone could see his quality."
Henderson had the longer run-out—and was asked to do more pressing from his midfield position. He's also been sidelined longer than Sturridge, out completely since August and only able to train over the last week. Still, few would be surprised if the energetic Henderson is the one who in the end gets a start on Wednesday.
For Sturridge, after sitting out with complaints of pain in his foot that scans revealed wasn't serious, getting a few minutes under his belt when he wasn't feeling 100% was important. Players are always going to have knocks, and learning to play through minor ones could determined if the injury-prone Sturridge has a career.
In addition to Henderson and Sturridge, there's also the return of Philippe Coutinho for fans to look forward to, with the Brazilian expected to be back in the team on Wednesday. None awill play the entire match, which could make team selection more difficult for the manager, but all are expected to be involved on Wednesday.
"I'm sure 120 minutes would be too much for them," added Klopp, pointing out it's more than 90 minutes he has to worry about in the cup. "But they will probably be in the squad. We will have them as options. For Phil, I can't make a decision at the moment because we haven't trained today. He is close. It's possible he starts."
Meanwhile, Adam Bogdan will come in for Simon Mignolet. It's the expected change in goal, with Bogdan having started the club's previous cup matches, and Klopp insisted he retains full faith in Mignolet as his starter for the league moving forward.