The England pair will both be options at St Mary’s for the Reds boss, who is leaving it late to decide whether the Brazilian playmaker will also make the trip
By Melissa Reddy
Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson are both set to feature for Liverpool’s Capital One Cup quarter-final against Southampton on Wednesday, but Philippe Coutinho remains a doubt.
Henderson and Sturridge, who both returned to action as substitutes in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Swansea, are set to travel to St Mary’s, but are likely to be options off the bench rather than candidates to start.
“They have had no physical reaction [after Sunday’s game]. It’s good news and they did their job,” Klopp explained at his press briefing at Melwood.
“That was good and important for us. They helped us keep the result, which was not easy – especially for Jordan in his position.
“Daniel did what we spoke about before, that he should be our target for winning balls, once we got the ball be an option, the first option. That’s what he did; everybody could see his quality in a few moments. It was good for us.
“Now the problem with the Southampton game is we cannot ignore that it could be extra-time. I’m sure 120 minutes would be too much for both.
“We don’t have to think about starting, we cannot go into a game and know we have to change these two players for sure.
“But if nothing happens from now until the plane has started, they’ll join us and be in the squad and we again have these two options.”
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Coutinho, meanwhile, will require a late fitness check as Klopp is loathe to unnecessarily risk him.
“I cannot make decisions in this moment because we have another training [session] today,” explained the Reds boss.
“At the end, we have to talk about everything again with the medical department and talk to Phil. It will be close, possible, but we have to check and double check the situation and then we’ll make a decision. We have to wait.”
Klopp detailed the factors involved in selecting his best 11. “The strongest team depends on your situation – how much they played in the last few days,” he said.
“We can’t ignore the last two games and we can’t ignore the next game, that’s the situation.
“Usually you need a completely full squad in the best space; for this, in an ideal world, you need six angry players who are not in the squad. That’s not our situation and we have to think about it.
“It’s a puzzle but at the end it will be the strongest team, for sure.”
Liverpool are looking to make it four wins on the spin and take a step closer to silverware before they travel to Newcastle in the league on Sunday.