Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hailed the returns of Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge after the duo both featured in the 1-0 win over Swansea at Anfield.
The England internationals were introduced as second-half substitutes as they play under the new Kop boss for the first time, with James Milner’s 62nd-minute penalty proving to be the difference in windy conditions on Merseyside.
Henderson had been out since August with a heel problem while Sturridge’s injury issues go all the way back to the end of last season.
However, they are now back in the fold and Klopp is delighted after seeing the Reds climb up to sixth place in the Premier League.
“In the first 25 minutes, we had a good start in the game – a really good start – and then from this point on it was hard work for the rest of the game, which is normal,” said the German.
“We scored a very important goal and defended really well – Simon Mignolet didn’t have that much work to do – so it was a big plus for the whole team. It was a good result and a good night.”
On Henderson and Sturridge, Klopp told reporters: “They are two very important players for us and they’re back in the race. They did well for their situation and from where they’ve come from after a long break with difficult injuries.
“Now they are back and that’s really good for us.”
Liverpool (2.88) next take on Southampton (2.40, draw 3.20) at St Mary’s in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday night.