Ahead of Sunday’s match at St James Park, Jurgen Klopp had both good news and bad news on Liverpool injuries.
Klopp already had Emre Can suspended but he updated on the fitness of three of his players ahead of the Newcastle clash.
The Liverpool boss revealed that Daniel Sturridge, who has caused problems against Newcastle before, will be available to start.
However, Jordan Henderson is taking his comeback slowly and Klopp foresees him getting another cameo from the bench.
The one player who is almost certainly ruled out is Coutinho, with the manager saying he is happy to wait for him to be just right before risking him.
Any problems Jurgen Klopp has, with injuries or otherwise, are surely miniscule compared to the mess that Steve McClaren is sitting on top of at Newcastle.
Liverpool beat Swansea last weekend in the Premier League before making seven changes for the League Cup clash at Southampton, yet stuffed them 6-1 away from home.
This reflects the scousers’ record this season in the Premier League, where they have the top form on the road.
Jurgen Klopp speaking at his press conference today:
“I like optimism but with Phil we were too optimistic. He trained nearly normally but he doesn’t feel comfortable and we have to be careful with the muscle. We will wait, I can wait, until he is available.”
“This is completely normal with a player with a long injury history.
“Obviously he did well in the last game and the plan was before the (Southampton ) game, (to get) 50, 55, 60 minutes and that would be good for him, that is what we did.
“He felt each muscle after the game but it was intensive, at this moment he is available for the weekend.”
“Henderson is a good example of players who we have to handle differently, he needs to be absolutely fit – for him it is better how we did it in the last two games, but it’s perfect to have him back as an option on the bench.
“Henderson made a big step in the last few weeks and that’s the best news, so it is important to give him time to come in.”