Milner: Returning trio to have big impact

Liverpool vice-captain James Milner is confident that the returning trio of Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge will bring pace, ability and goals to the team.

All three attackers featured in the recent FA Cup defeat to West Ham after returning to training the previous week, and the former Manchester City midfielder believes that they can help the Reds regain some form up front.

"There's a lot of pace there, a lot of ability and goals," Milner told Liverpool's official website. "We are creating chances at the moment but they aren't quite going in so to have those three back should help that.

"Missing those three is obviously big and it gives us a lot of options and there's a lot of quality there. It hasn't just been those three, there have been players in and out and the two long-term [injuries] in Joe Gomez and Danny Ings.

"Some people forget about them when they don't see them but we see them working so hard every day and the hours they're putting in.

"They both started the season really well and as new signings at a new club it's not easy, so who knows what sort of impact they could've had this season? I'm sure they'll have a massive impact for us next year and it'll be like having two new signings again.

"That seems to have been the tale of the season, players in and out, getting a few back and then Joe [Allen] unfortunately being injured now, so you've got one out and a few in.

"That's been the frustrating part of this season but the young boys have stepped up and to have Studge, Phil and Divock back is a massive plus for us."