Klopp: Sturridge & Coutinho are like new signings!

The Reds are not expecting new arrivals before Monday night’s transfer deadline but the German believes welcoming his key players back into the fold will be as much of a boost

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will welcome Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Martin Skrtel back into training this week and joked that the return of the quartet is like unveiling new signings. 

The Reds are not expected to do big business ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline, with Klopp admitting “maybe something will happen, but I don’t believe that it will. I’m not sure on the outgoing side – not 100 per cent sure – but I don’t think that something will happen on the other side.”

The German coach will, however, have more options available after Tuesday’s Premier League clash at Leicester, with Sturridge, Coutinho and Origi set to complete full sessions ahead of Saturday’s hosting of Sunderland.

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“[They are] closer, close to returning to training,” Klopp told reporters at Melwood. 

“Martin needs two or three days’s 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. With the really long-term injuries [to Joe Gomez and Danny Ings], nothing has changed.”

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