Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gave a mixed injury update ahead of this weekend's trip to Newcastle United in the Premier League, indicating that Daniel Sturridge is available for the trip to St St James' Park but it could be another game on the sidelines for Philippe Coutinho.
Speaking to reporters at his pre-match press conference, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, he said: "I like optimism. But with Phil we were too optimistic. He trained nearly normally, but he doesn’t feel comfortable. We have to be careful with the muscle. We will wait, I can wait, until he is available."
Sturridge was given an hour's playing time in the 6-1 win over Southampton in the League Cup on Wednesday, and the striker got two crucial goals to turn the game around prior to his withdrawal, but doesn't report any problems.
"Of course, he felt each muscle after the game. That’s normal. But in this moment he is available for the weekend."
Klopp also reported that Jordan Henderson has taken some big steps towards returning to the starting line-up with two cameo appearances.
The midweek line-up for Southampton had seven changes from last weekend's league win over Swansea City and the manner of the victory showed that Klopp does have some options available to him, and some decent competition for places.
The Reds boss commented: "I hope it stays like this and we have more than we need. We changed six, we have some options.
"Wednesday to Sunday is ok for recovery. It’s possible we could play the same team again."
Klopp will be without Emre Can for the game on Sunday as he serves a one-match ban for picking up his fifth booking of the season but is confident of filling the void left by the German, saying his side has other 'quality players' in that area of the field.
Given the side has won seven out of their last eight games in all competitions and has shown they can score for fun on the road at times, confidence is flowing through the club at the moment, and Klopp doesn't think it's a bad thing.
He said: "I have never had a problem with too much confidence!
"We expect to win the game. We always do. But we have the same thinking. It doesn’t mean we don’t have respect (for Newcastle)
"Confidence is like a small flower. If you have it, somebody can kick it in the game and you don’t have it. And if you don’t have it, you can get it back easily."