Liverpool are set to make two more additions to their first-team with Jurgen Klopp preparing to recall Sheyi Ojo and Tiago Ilori from their loan spells with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa respectively. The Reds are facing a major crisis at the club with 11 first-team players sidelined by injury ahead of crucial fixtures in the Premier League and FA Cup.
According to The Guardian, the former Borussia Dortmund manager is planning to recall Ojo from Wolves to ease the pressure on players ahead of their FA Cup clash against Exeter on Friday. The 18-year-old winger has scored three goals in 19 first-team appearances for Kenny Jackett's side and the Anfield club will hope to have him registered in time for their clash against the League Two side.
Philippe Coutinho is the latest attacker to join the injury list which includes Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi, and this has prompted the manager to recall the young winger to add more depth to his depleted squad. The Merseyside club are not only struggling in attack, but are also facing a defensive crisis with Kolo toure the only fit defender following the injury to Dejan Lovren during their 1-0 win over Stoke City in the first-leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final.
Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho are already sidelined and with Lovren now facing a spell on the treatment table, it leaves the Ivory Coast defender as the only option available to the manager. Lucas Leiva, who is primarily a midfielder was drafted at centre-back, but the manager will need more cover ahead of their next two Premier League clashes against Arsenal and Manchester United. This has prompted the manager to request Aston Villa to cancel Tiago Ilori's season-long loan, in order to provide cover for the injured defenders despite revealing that he could sign a central defender during the ongoing January transfer window.
The young Portuguese defender has not played a single first-team game for Liverpool since his arrival in 2013. He has also failed to break into the Villa first-team, managing just five appearances for their U21 team since joining them in September last year. Despite his lack of regular game time, The Guardian claims, that the German manager is keen on bringing him back to Anfield this month.