Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was delighted to have injured trio Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi back in action, despite being disappointed following the Reds' exit from the FA Cup at the hands of West Ham United. The manager has admitted that the England international will have to be assessed following his return after a lengthy absence before being cleared for their weekend game against Aston Villa in the Premier League.
The German is also hoping for a reprieve on the injury front, as he has been unable to maintain a consistent lineup during the course of the season. The Merseyside club were cruelly dumped out of the FA Cup by the Hammers following Angelo Ogbonna's goal in the final minute of extra-time after it ended 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes.
The east London club took the lead through Michael Antonio right on the stroke of half-time, but the lead did not last long as Coutinho curled in a free-kick three minutes into the second-half to level scores.
Origi and Coutinho are coming back from knee and hamstring injuries respectively, which kept the duo out for most part of the New Year. While Sturridge is returning following a special training regimen that the club put him under for multiple injury troubles he faced in the past two years. Therefore, the former Borussia Dortmund manager is likely to be more cautious rather than rushing him back into action at the weekend against the Villa Park outfit.
"We have to talk first with Daniel, the doctor and all of the medical staff before I make a decision about this," Klopp said, as quoted on Liverpool's official site.
"The game was a little bit longer than I thought because I thought we could decide it after 90 minutes, but we didn't so it was [another] 30 minutes plus. We will see."
"It was great [to have Sturridge back], everybody saw it. Divock Origi is back, Philippe Coutinho is back, so that's good, but we need consistency in the line-up," the German added.