Liverpool could welcome Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino back to action vs Southampton

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been talking up the rising fitness levels of star forwards Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Southampton, according to the Daily Express.

The two forwards joined the club over the summer for a combined fee of £61.5m (via Express) with the pair both coming off the bench during the 1-1 draw with Rubin Kazan in the Europa League earlier in the week to make their first appearances since September (via Express).

And their return couldn’t be better timed, as Klopp will now have more striking options available to him having had to rely solely on Divok Origi since taking over (via Express).

Since being appointed Liverpool boss earlier this month, Klopp has overseen two draws, and he will no doubt he hoping that the return of two major forces like Benteke and Firmino will stand him in good stead for recording his first victory.

“Christian and Roberto had two training sessions with the team and usually that is too early to bring them into a situation where you need them, but they did well,” he said.

“They were not at the best level they can play, but they did well. Now we are a step further with them.

“Christian was unlucky when he hit the post and Roberto got better and better in the game – the first two situations were not so good, but then he was in.

“They are two new options – very important options – for Sunday.”

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