Jurgen Klopp hails return of Liverpool quartet as "new signings"

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed the return of four of his players as "new signings", according to the Liverpool Echo.

The German confirmed that Daniel Sturridge would return to training on Wednesday - which he did - whilst Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi and Martin Skrtel would follow suit over the next few days.

Prior to his side's 2-0 defeat to Leicester City on Tuesday night, Klopp said: "They are close to a return to training. Martin (Skrtel) I think needs maybe two or three days more time.


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"Divock (Origi) and Phil (Coutinho) and Daniel should return to training this week, Daniel on Wednesday and the other two guys on Thursday, that’s the plan. Martin I think at the weekend.

"These are our transfers, four new players for LFC! It’s good for us of course. The real long term injuries nothing has changed."

Of the four, Sturridge has spent the longest time on the sidelines having not played since Liverpool's loss to Newcastle in early December.

The Englishman has endured a series of frustrating injuries over the past few years, but it now seems he has passed the necessary tests for a return.

Skrtel (December 20) and Origi (Boxing Day) suffered hamstring injuries, while Coutinho sustained the very same during the Reds' Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Stoke City on January 5.

And there was more promising news on the injury front, with striker Danny Ings starting light training outside at Melwood on Tuesday gone.

The 23-year-old required knee surgery after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in October, and whilst it was feared he would miss the rest of the season, he appears to be ahead of schedule.

Klopp was cautious in describing Ings’ progress, though, stating: "He’s not in the perfect way, but Tuesday will be his first time outside again. He’s still a long way away from being available but he’s here."

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