Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp may have brought some massive good luck with him to the Anfield and he is seeing it manifest as he has been given a major boost to his plans when he confirmed Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and Dejan Lovren are all back in training ahead of Thursday’s Europa League match against Rubin Kazan.
Belgium international Benteke has been out of action since picking up a hamstring injury during their 1-1 draw against Norwich in September, while Firmino has been out with a back injury he suffered in their Capital One Cup match against Carlisle three days later.
But Klopp told a pregame news conference on Wednesday that summer signings Benteke and Firmino are now closing in on a return to first-team action along with centre-back Lovren, who had a ligament strain.
Klopp had said last week that he did not expect Benteke and Firmino to be ready for Thursday’s Europa League tie, but that the attackers could be set for the Southampton match on Sunday.
“We have three other players back in training, with Benteke, Firmino and Lovren.” “That’s good. We have more options. They’re not really starting options, but we have a squad.”
“We have to think about that. We see what we need for this game and who we’ll take with us and who will stay for training. It’s good for us that these players are back.”
Klopp added about Sturridge that, “Sturridge is getting better and better. Yesterday he was outside for the first time since Saturday and was OK. The target for him is Sunday. That’s what we’re trying to do.”
This may be the beginning of Liverpool’s good fortune but we will have to wait and see.