There’s no guarantee that Coutinho, very much back in form, will be ready to face Stoke tomorrow…
The Brazilian was withdrawn sick after the hour mark against Bournemouth on Wednesday night, having thrown up in the changing room at half-time.
Klopp’s decision to sub our best player drew indignation from supporters furious about the team throwing away our lead late on, but in the end, it seems like the manager had no choice.
He’s claimed Coutinho hasn’t been to Melwood since and that it’ll be very tough for him to take the field at the Britannia.
“Phil is still ill,” the boss told a packed press-conference today, cited by the Echo. “Was not at Melwood today or yesterday. He feels much better. We will give him all the time he needs.
“We will have to see about Coutinho. We will give him all the time. He will be really close.”
Without Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson, we desperately need our no.10 and most pivotal creative influence fully fit and firing – but even an ‘under the weather’ Coutinho would boost our starting XI.
If he simply cannot play, Daniel Sturridge should come in alongside Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino.