By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi are set to return to full training this week in a double boost for Liverpool.
Manager Jurgen Klopp revealed at his media briefing on Monday that the key attacking trio are closing in on returns from hamstring injuries.
Injury-plagued Sturridge has been sidelined since 6 December, Origi has not played since limping out of the Merseysiders’ 1-0 win over Leicester on Boxing Day and Coutinho has been absent since the early January League Cup win over Stoke.
Sturridge is set to return to first-team training on Wednesday, while Origi and Philippe Coutinho should be back with the senior squad on Thursday. In another injury boost, Martin Skrtel has been pencilled in to train at the weekend.
The quartet will not be back for Tuesday night’s Premier League trip to Leicester but Origi and Coutinho are likely to be in contention for Saturday’s home match against Sunderland.
Speaking on Monday afternoon about the injured quartet, Klopp said: “Martin needs two or three days more time.
“Divock and Phil (Coutinho) and maybe Daniel (Sturridge) should return to training. Daniel Wednesday, the other two guys Thursday. Martin at the weekend.
“So these are all new players, new transfers for LFC. No new long-term injuries those apart.”