Coutinho is very much on the path to recovery, writes Dominic King in the Daily Mail.
Our Brazilian superstar pulled his hamstring during the first leg of our League Cup semi-final with Stoke City at the beginning of the month – and we haven’t heard any news since – but thankfully, no further problems have arisen.
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“Philippe Coutinho is making smooth progress after pulling his hamstring at Stoke on January 5,” King, formerly of the Echo, writes.
“The Brazilian international has been give the all-clear to leave the gym and start training outside again.”
The news is positive, as we’re a totally different side with and without Coutinho in it.
He injects creativity and ideas to our play, and needs to be on the field with Roberto Firmino as much as possible. Injuries have meant our two best creative talents have not played together nearly as much as we’d have liked them to this term.
Before Coutinho limped off at Stoke, the South American duo were linking up exceptionally – and the thought of the pair with Daniel Sturridge is mouthwatering.
Of course, this is something we haven’t seen once all season and you can be certain we’d be far better placed in the Premier League if the trio had remained healthy.