Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on 1 February that the return to training of four of his injured players would be like having new signings at the club. Asked at a news conference whether he was expecting the team to sign any new players on the final day of the transfer window, the German said no, but added that the return of Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho, Martin Skrtel and Divock Origi would be like making new signings.
"They are close to a return to training. Martin needs two or three days more time, Divock, Phil and maybe Daniel should return to training. I think Daniel [should return on] Wednesday and the other two guys on Thursday, so that's the plan, Martin, I think, [should return] at the weekend. "So these are our transfers, four new players at LFC, and that's good for us, of course."
Liverpool are currently seventh in the Premier League, 13 points behind leaders Leicester City, whom they visit on 2 February. Klopp believes that Liverpool are beginning to play with the consistency required to challenge for a top-four finish and a Champions League spot.
"I think we showed a row of more than OK performances so that you can say a little bit more consistency, even when we had a few changes or even a lot of changes. That's what we have to bring on to the pitch at all times, that we can fight for results – the right results. We all know about the quality, especially now because of our next opponent Leicester, and their clear idea of their game and their clear style. It's difficult to play, most of the teams in the Premier League felt when they met them, [but] we are prepared because we know about it," he said.