Liverpool have had a bad week on the injury front after Joe Gomez, Danny Ings and Jordan Rossiter suffered injuries during the international break. The former two have been ruled out for the rest of the season, with anterior cruciate ligament injuries, while the latter suffered a hamstring problem playing for the England U19's at a Euro 2016 qualifying event. The injury woes, however, are set to lighten after Jurgen Klopp revealed that Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke could be available for the clash against Southampton on Sunday (25 October).
The German's arrival at Anfield had lifted the mood at the club ahead of his first game in-charge against Tottenham on Saturday (17 October), the game ended in a 0-0 draw, but the bad news on the injury front continued when Daniel Sturridge was ruled out of the clash, against the north London club, with a knee injury he picked up in training. The Englishman, who is just returning from a long-term injury, was hoping to impress the new manager, but will have to wait his turn as he joins a number of players already in the treatment room.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager has assuaged fears regarding the extent of the injury, revealing that he was left out as a precaution due to his recent injury record. The German hopes to have the forward back for their Europa League clash against Rubin Kazan on Thursday (23 October). Divock Origi is the only fit striker currently in the squad, but the manager revealed that Christian Benteke, who has not played since suffering a hamstring injury against Norwich in September, could return either for their midweek clash or when they welcome Southampton to Anfield next Sunday.
The return of both Sturridge and the former Aston Villa forward will be a big boost for Klopp, who will be keen to record his first Premier League win of the season. The German, though, has made it clear that his focus will be on the players that are available, the club will work tirelessly on the injured players, to ensure they return to action sooner rather than later.
"We had a bad week with injuries and the best news is that it is not serious with Daniel. He had a one-on-one situation with Jordon Ibe and afterwards had pain in the muscle stabilising the knee. We screened him to be sure and could see a little bit of swelling but it's nothing really serious," Klopp said, as quoted by the Mirror.
"I hope he will be ready on Thursday but I don't know, we will see. When I came here we had four strikers of quality - now I have one. That is not the best situation but I like Divock Origi and young Jerome Sinclair was on the bench against Tottenham and close to coming on."
"I can't think about players I don't have, as it means you are not concentrated on the ones you are with. And our club works 24 hours for the players to come back. Ings needs time, Benteke doesn't need the same time and will be back next week, for Kazan or Southampton [who Liverpool host next Sunday]," the former Dortmund coach added.
"The best situation is when all the players are 100 per cent... and it doesn't happen so often."