With Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana having returned to first-team training after extended absences, there isn’t much in the way of surprises on Liverpool’s injury list. Jürgen Klopp won’t have too many last minute decisions to make over player selection heading into the Southampton match at Anfield on Sunday. The only burning issue this week has been whether or not Philippe Coutinho would recover from his dead leg as expected.
The little Brazilian has begun running in training and the manager feels assured that all will be right as rain.
“It was his first time running,” said Klopp. “We can’t be 100% but it looks rather positive.”
Jordan Henderson is still a ways off from returning to training, having been out since February dealing with his unshakeable foot problem. And it doesn’t exactly look good for the dangling hopes of seeing Henderson captain the side again this season.
“Nothing new,” said Klopp. “It is quite difficult. It is like this.”
Klopp also saved a word or two for the long-termers on the injury sheet: Sadio Mané and Danny Ings. Danny Ings? That’s right, Dr. Montage Video, himself.
“Ingsy is doing well,” said the manager. “He is training for the first time with the ball. And he is in a good way.”
“Mané is going really well but no chance (this season). He’s around and went really well so far.”
This crazy season has been rife with injuries throughout the Liverpool squad. In fact, injuries and other weird things have created the team’s sweeping inconsistencies on the pitch since November. But with just three more games left to play, there is no luxury of time to dampen every pain or right every wrong of this topsy turvy campaign. The players out on the pitch must give it everything for three more games.
Three more games and then.