Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that striker Daniel Sturridge is in contention to start against Aston Villa on Sunday.
The 26-year-old returned from his latest injury setback to play an hour against West Ham United in the FA Cup defeat on Tuesday night.
In turn, Klopp believes that the England international is ready to be restored to the starting lineup this weekend having come through without any problems.
“He played about 70 minutes, he’s had a normal recovery,” he told the media, as reported by Sky Sports.
“We need to think about how he can manage minutes but he made a big step in the last week and I’ve made no final decisions about the line-up. Until now, everything is like it should be.”
Liverpool are without a win in their last five games in all competitions, with their league run seeing them fall to ninth place as the pressure builds on Klopp to oversee an improvement sooner rather than later.
However, he is pleased with the number of key players returning from injury, with Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi now working their way back to full fitness and potentially playing a big role for the German tactician in the coming weeks and months.
Meanwhile, Klopp was also keen to point out that he took the positives from Christian Benteke’s performance on Tuesday, with the £32.5m striker set to face Villa away for the first time since leaving last summer.
The Belgian international has now gone 668 minutes without scoring, and coupled with the return of the likes of Sturridge and Coutinho, it remains to be seen whether or not he can hold on to his starting place as he hopes to enjoy a successful return to Villa Park.