Jurgen Klopp took his first Liverpool training session today and was immediately greeted with some good news, as Coutinho, despite pulling out of Brazil duty with an injury, joined in – as Simon Hughes from the Telegraph confirmed.
The nine first team players were: Toure, Lovren, Milner, Coutinho, Sturridge, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas and Teixeira. Three young keepers also.
— Simon Hughes (@Simon_Hughes__) October 12, 2015
The 23-year-old, arguably our best player, was withdrawn from El Selecao duty with a groin problem, but it now looks though he’ll be fit for the Tottenham match on Saturday.
James Milner and Mamadou Sakho, who were both allowed to leave international duty with England and France respectively, also took in Klopp’s first words.
Players to return include Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Simon Mignolet, Emre Can, Divock Origi and Danny Ings – while Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson and Jon Flanagan remain sidelined with injury.
Klopp will have one week to prepare his side for his opening fixture against Spurs, who have started the season well and will be a very tough test.
If Coutinho is fit he’ll surely be given the pivotal creative role under the new manager – who always built his sides around technically outstanding playmakers in Germany.