Danny Murphy: 'Judge Jurgen Klopp next season'

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he is not anxious about the form of Philippe Coutinho since his return from injury.

Klopp also defended the recent performances provided by key playmaker Philippe Coutinho, insisting that his ongoing search for consistency was a natural by-product of an ankle ligament injury suffered in November that kept him sidelined for more than six weeks.

However, back-to-back wins over Arsenal and Burnley have put Liverpool back on course to finish in the top four this season, and Murphy believes that judgement should be reserved until Klopp has been able to mould his own squad.

Owing to their lengthy return and 12.30pm kick-off time, Jurgen Klopp is likely to have just one training session in which to assess the duo for the April 1 clash.

"We think we have really serious chances to do that".

Nevertheless, Luciano Spalletti will hope to keep hold of his star defensive ace if possible, with Manolas undoubtedly establishing himself as one of the best in his position in Serie A with his strength, speed and reading of the game all making him a stand-out player. "If he is not at 100%, you miss something, that's how it is".

"But the quality is really high and they are in a good moment in the league".

Liverpool ran riot that afternoon and the relentless pressing and quick counte-attacking of Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana and Coutinho simply blew City away.

Captain Jordan Henderson is not expected to return from a foot problem until the Merseyside derby after the global break, but on the positive front defender Dejan Lovren is fully fit after a 75-minute run out for the under-23s on Monday.

"I thought we had a few other games in which we were much better than these ones".

"Dejan Lovren had, for four weeks, a knee issue - nothing was fatigue".

"There are different reasons for it, for all of us, it's a long season and especially players who play for their national teams".

"We all have to get used to it a little bit".

"No breaks, it's always: "Go, go, go".

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