Liverpool’s first injury crisis of 2017-2018 seems to have been given a slight reprieve: Daniel Sturridge has returned to full training and will be in the running for Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace.
In the midst of a very Kloppian press conference to discuss the match, where reporters naturally spent most of their time asking about Coutinho and Barcelona, Klopp managed to provide a few quick injury updates.
“Daniel yes, I would say,” Klopp said when asked if either Sturridge or Coutinho would be available for the game. “Yesterday he was part of the complete session and looked really good, but always after injuries you have to wait to see how the player reacts to this intensity.”
“Phil is not available; he is not training so far, so there is nothing new,” Klopp said about Coutinho’s recovery timeline. “It is always how it is with injured players, there is no real time on when he is back.”
Coutinho has been struggling with a back injury and missed both the season’s opener against Watford and Liverpool’s Champions League play-off leg against Hoffenheim. Klopp was not able to provide any updates on Nathaniel Clyne’s progress as he continues his rehabilitation for a back injury.
Crystal Palace will be a difficult game for Liverpool, but the Eagles aren’t without their own injury woes: Wilfried Zaha will miss the trip to Anfield after he left Saturday’s opener against Huddersfield Town with his right leg in a brace.
After kicking off the season with a dismal showing against Watford, Liverpool will need to secure a comfortable win to demonstrate what they can do — specially playing a team they’ve historically struggled against and with a less-than-robust squad.