Liverpool's Jordon Ibe comments on boost given by return of key duo

Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge both made returns from injury as second half substitutes in Liverpool's 1-0 win over Swansea City.

Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe has spoken to the Liverpool Echo of the boost the side has received by seeing both their captain Jordan Henderson back in action, and Daniel Sturridge making another return from injury. 

The duo were introduced during the second half of the Reds' 1-0 win over Swansea City at Anfield yesterday afternoon as they look to build up their fitness ahead of a crucial period of the season for Jurgen Klopp's side with fixtures coming thick and fast.

Ibe told the Liverpool Echo: “Jordan and Daniel are big figures in the team and hopefully they will get back to form.

“We all know how important they can be for us on the pitch.

“We've got good players coming back in and also Philippe Coutinho is close to being back as well so hopefully we will climb even higher.

“Anything is possible is right now. We will take it game by game and try to do it again on Wednesday.”

The Reds are currently six points off the top of the Premier League - four behind the Champions League places - and face a tough League Cup quarter-final away to Southampton on Wednesday evening as they pursue their first piece of silverware since 2012. 

Having an energetic midfield back in the fold with Henderson is huge for Liverpool as he would seem, on the face of it, a player that would suit Klopp's way of playing given he is renowned for his energy and willingness to press, but no-one should underestimate the effect he has on the side in possession. 

There were worries that Sturridge has suffered another setback after he missed the win over Bordeaux in the Europa League when he complained of a foot injury but was given the opportunity from the bench to get some game time under his belt. 

Though he didn't really have a sniff of goal during his time on the field - as the Reds were defending their slender lead - having a striker back in the side who is capable of getting in excess of 20 goals in a Premier League season when he is fit should be a boost to everyone in the side. 

With the fixture schedule still remaining pretty hectic for Jurgen Klopp, having two key figures available, and he will hope for the entire festive season and into a difficult looking January, it will be a welcome sight for the German. Now he will just want to get the best out of them.

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