Klopp offers positive update on returning Liverpool trio

Date published: Monday 8th February 2016 2:37

Philippe Coutinho & Daniel Sturridge: In the squad

Philippe Coutinho & Daniel Sturridge: In the squad

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi will all be in Liverpool’s squad for Tuesday’s FA Cup replay against West Ham at Upton Park.

Sturridge was an unused substitute for the Reds on Saturday in the 2-2 draw with Sunderland, while Coutinho and Origi both returned to training on Friday following injuries.

Klopp, speaking to the press to preview Tuesday night’s game said: “We haven’t decided on starting line up yet. He (Sturridge) was fit enough to be on bench on Saturday. He was very impressive in Friday’s session.”

Liverpool look likely to opt for a blend of youth and experience for the clash at Upton Park and Klopp, who said Cameron Brannagan will miss out due to illness, was given nothing away about his line-up.

“It’s complicated with changing so we have to look at who will start,” he added. “They (Sturridge, Origi and Coutinho) can’t start all together because the whole game would be too much for all three.

“We have 38 players in our squad. We will make a squad for the game but it won’t be like Exeter because other players can now play.

“Never in my life have I had a problem with confidence! It’s easier to be brave against Exeter – but it was necessary to be brave against West Ham in the first game. But not too brave.”

Klopp on Payet threat

Klopp knows Liverpool will have to play much better than they did in their Premier League defeat at Upton Park last month and the German admitted: “We were really bad at West Ham in the league and that was the reason we lost. We need to be better.”

The Reds will have to keep Hammers dangerman Dimitri Payet quiet if they are to progress to a fifth-round meeting with Blackburn and Klopp continued: “I knew him before at Marseille. You should not try to find a solution only for Payet, the solution is to avoid the passes to him and then it’s not possible for him to have an influence on the game.

“We have no player to follow him all the way to the restroom!

“If we play to our best, and some things were very good against Sunderland, we have to bring it to the pitch consistently and in different formations.”

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