Liverpool boost as dynamic attacking trio given green light to face Tottenham
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi have all been passed fit to face Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday.
Manager Jurgen Klopp reported a clean bill of health for the attacking trio at his media conference on Friday afternoon.
However, Christian Benteke has been ruled out of the Anfield clash with a knee injury, while Roberto Firmino faces a race against time to return, with Klopp claiming the playmaker is “close” to full fitness after a hamstring problem.
Three players who are in contention to start are Coutinho, who shook off the effects of a 6,300-mile return trip to south America to train fully in the last two days, injury-prone Sturridge and Origi, who pulled out of the Belgium squad during the international break after suffering a thigh injury in training.
“Divock Origi couldn’t play with a little muscle issue, but he’s back in training since – he’s available,” explained Klopp at his media briefing on Friday afternoon, as reported by the Mirror. “Sturridge trained all sessions with the national team, had 65 minutes against the national team (Holland). He is for us very important and hopefully he’s fit until the end of the season.
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“Most of the players came back healthy, that’s good.”
Liverpool had 19 internationals returning from duty in the last few days as they linked up with the rest of the squad, who had joined Klopp at a warm-weather training camp in Tenerife.
The Merseysiders are hoping to reignite their small glimmer of hope that they could snatch a spot in Europe next season through a top-four league finish by beating Spurs at Anfield.
However, Tottenham are still chasing the title and will be a major hurdle to clear for the Merseysiders in their own bid to remain in touch with league leaders Leicester.
In other Liverpool injury news, Klopp gave more details on the fitness of Benteke and Firmino.