Ahead of a crunch clash with Hoffenheim tonight, the Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are calming their nerves.
Our resident Reds are hoping Jurgen Klopp ensures a smooth progression into the Champions League proper tonight, though weren’t overly convinced the side had improved at all as they watched the 3-3 draw with Watford on Saturday.
So, reports from the Daily Mirror have proved rather bittersweet this afternoon. Though Daniel Sturridge isn’t available for tonight’s game in Germany, the England international could reportedly be back in action for the weekend clash at Anfield with Crystal Palace.
After enjoying a good pre-season, the 27-year-old injured himself by scoring against Bayern Munich in the Audi Cup, though Klopp’s revealed Sturridge isn’t all too far away from making a return to first-team action.
“He is in a good way,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference.
“We had a talk this morning and he was really close, he looked good yesterday. Two more sessions and he will be available for the weekend.”
It’s positive news for Liverpool, who are dealing with an array of injury concerns already. Philippe Coutinho is (dubiously) out with a back problem amid links with a move to Barcelona, while Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne are also out.
Sturridge obviously won’t sort out the defence, though is undoubtedly a boost. Though Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah form a devastating front line, he provides a whole new dynamic in a central striking berth.
Having him back can only be a boost.