Liverpool short on attacking options ahead of crucial City clash

Philippe Coutinho's form since his return from injury is not a concern for Jurgen Klopp, who is trying to be patient with him.

The 24-year-old was one of the stand-out performers during the first four months of the campaign, scoring six times in his first 12 appearances and creating numerous other chances.

Back in November, Liverpool, Manchester City and PSG pooled money together to hire a private plane for their Brazil based players to return on time.

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.

Juergen Klopp's side laboured to a 2-1 win over woeful travellers Burnley last weekend, when all the sides around them were in FA Cup action, but former Liverpool striker John Aldridge said points, not style, are now the priority.

"Anfield is unbelievable. I wish we could play every two or three days at Anfield because it's always exciting to play in front of these fans". If he is not at 100 per cent, you miss something, that's how it is.

"But the training week so far was ideal, he presented himself really well; it was fluent, confident and looked really well".

"He's in a really good way".

Captain Jordan Henderson is not expected to return from a foot problem until the Merseyside derby after the worldwide 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 think it's part of football that these things can happen".

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

"I would say this season going to the Champions League would be an outstanding success because of all the quality around us". "This is a club which should be in the Champions League and we want to get there".