Jurgen Klopp has not completely ruled out the prospect of Divock Origi playing again for Liverpool this season and is expecting to soon welcome back Christian Benteke.
Origi suffered an ankle ligament injury in Wednesday’s 4-0 win over Everton and is expected to miss four to six weeks, but Klopp knows from personal experience that players can sometimes recover quicker than expected.
“I am long enough in this business to know we’re all different we are all individuals,” Klopp said at his press conference on Friday. “We just have to work with him and see what happens. It is the same with Emre Can and so on.
“As I said, we are all individuals. A long time ago, I had an ACL [injury] and played after four months, and nobody could believe it worked but I didn’t have a problem with it.
“Why should we say now his season is over when we still believe a little bit there can be a few games for him? We have to see.
“We will try everything, everything, [to make sure Origi’s] season is not over without taking any risks for the player. That’s how it is.”
While Origi faces an uphill battle to play again this season, Klopp confirmed that Benteke is set to return to training next week as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee ligament injury which has kept him out since March 20.
“The good news is Christian feels good,” Klopp said. “He hasn’t trained with the team until now, but he wants to. It’s always the same and I understand your point of view when you say he is back and let him play, but it doesn’t work like this even when the player wants it.
“If we have to then we have to, but hopefully we can give him a few more days. I haven’t made the line-up for tomorrow and I haven’t made the squad, but hopefully we can give him a few more sessions.
“After this game, there will still hopefully be seven to go and there’s enough time, and it would be great if he could be ready. Sometimes when one door closes, another opens.
“It’s how I said, he’s had no team training and that’s for sure what he needs before he should play and especially before he should start.”