The Brazilian is finally back from international break and training with the first squad.
Liverpool’s head coach Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he had a good conversation with Philippe Coutinho upon his arrival in Melwood. Yet, the 25-year-old midfielder will likely not start against Manchester City.
Many expected things to get a bit awkward between the two after Coutinho submitted a transfer request in an attempt to force a move to Barcelona, but his wish was denied and he will be staying at Liverpool. However, the Brazilian reported back for training at Melwood on Thursday and everything seems back to normal for Liverpool.
“I know what people think, but Phil had the back problem a few weeks ago and couldn’t train so that means he missed around about three weeks,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.
“Yes, he went to the national team and trained normally, but now we have to prepare for a normal season so we have seven games [before the next international break] and we saw training this morning and thought ‘OK, maybe we should use him immediately’ because he was really good, but that doesn’t make sense.Liverpool could be kicked out of the Carabao Cup Andrew Smyth – Liverpool face a nervous wait to discover their Carabao Cup fate after falling into hot water with the Football League over selecting ineligible players.
“We have now to continue with the pre-season, not too long, but in a few sessions we have to give ourselves the time because in the next month we have seven games.
“We always have the same decision to make, ‘does he need training or can he play?’ and all that stuff. Yes, he will now do a little bit more than the other boys but he showed up in a very, very good mood and looks really promising.”
The German tactician also stated that he had a fresh talk with Coutinho and everything was alright between them.
“Of course – all good, all good. Nothing else to say, actually, so he’s back and we had a really good conversation, so good,” the Reds boss added.