Jurgen Klopp offers fitness update after semi-final win, praises attitude of Liverpool players

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp addressed the media ahead of his side's Premier League clash with Watford.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that he thinks both Jordan Henderson and Divock Origi believe they can recover from their respective injuries in time to be fit for the Europa League final later this month, after they progressed with a win over Villarreal.

He did hint that if they were close to being available for the Sunday before the final - an away trip to West Bromwich Albion on the last day of the season, then they could participate in Basel later this month.

Klopp told reporters at his pre-match press conference, as reported by the Liverpool Echo: "I don’t know about Hendo. He was celebrating last night, and I saw in his eyes he think he has a chance. That’s the first and most important step.

"Same with Divock Origi. But we will see. I have no idea yet.

"The latest moment if you want to play in the final is for the Sunday before."

Daniel Sturridge has struggled for fitness for much of his time at Liverpool but has been in contention for the past three months now, and scored a crucial goal to send the Reds to the final last night. 

There has been a lot said about Klopp's management of Sturridge, who he left out of the first leg of the tie against Villarreal last week, given that both Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino have been preferred ahead of him in recent weeks.

Klopp seems pretty happy with Sturridge, saying: "It’s not about Daniel being careful. We did everything we could to get Daniel as fit as possible.

"He’s at the highest level, it’s good news for England and the Euros.

"We tried to do our best around him, and he does the same in the sessions and on the pitch."

Last night's win means it is two cup finals in under a season for Klopp at Liverpool and the German was asked about the progress the side has made during his seventh month spell at the club to date, but has praised the attitude of the players he inherited.

"I’m really pleased for the boys. It’s important to know your work helps and that it’s true. These boys have seen it is true. That attitude helps.

"Each good game is deserved, and each not so good game is important for development."

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