Liverpool FC are set to welcome back captain Jordan Henderson for their visit to the King Power stadium on Tuesday, while manager Jürgen Klopp had positive news on Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge, Martin Skrtel and Divock Origi.
The Reds ended a three-match winless streak in the Premier League with a dramatic, last-gasp victory against Norwich City at Carrow Road in their last outing, and having booked their place in the Capital One Cup final since, Jürgen Klopp’s side will go into Tuesday’s clash high on confidence.
Liverpool FC captain Jordan Henderson is expected to return to midfield after missing the FA Cup tie against West Ham with a heel injury, and the Englishman’s recovery raises questions about Joe Allen’s position in the side, with Klopp thus far favouring a three-man midfield of Emre Can, Lucas Leiva and Henderson.
However, the former Borussia Dortmund manager was quick to stress the importance of the Welsh midfielder, saying in his pre-match press conference (via Liverpool FC official website): “For me, Joe Allen was always a first-team player. He was not in the line-up a few times, that’s true.
“But if I can go a few months back, when I came here he was with the national team, before that he was injured, he was not 100 per cent fit, but there was no doubt about quality. [He was] not 100 per cent in shape, not physically and not on the football side, but now he is and that’s the best news.
“It’s the next ‘transfer’ for us, it’s really good to see. I like his style, he’s very important for us, he shows what he is able to do and everybody knew it better than I did.”
Positive news on injured quartet, including Coutinho and Sturridge
There was more good news on the injury front for Liverpool FC, with Klopp revealing that injured defender Martin Skrtel, as well as attackers Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi are set to return to training in the coming week.
While none will be available for Tuesday’s game against Leicester City, their return will undoubtedly be a major boost for the Reds for the remainder of the season. “[They are] closer, close to returning to training,” said Klopp of the quartet, according to Liverpool FC’s website.
“Martin needs two or three days’ more time. Divock and Phil and Daniel should return to training – Daniel on Wednesday and the other two on Thursday. That’s the plan. And Martin, I think, at the weekend. These are our transfers… four new players for LFC! That is good for us, of course.”