Jurgen Klopp has set the stage for Philippe Coutinho’s return to action for Liverpool after his lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The Brazilian pushed hard throughout August for a move to Barcelona, only to see the Reds stand firm and reject three bids of £72million, £90million and £118million for his services.
Coutinho is yet to play for the club this season having been supposedly suffering from a back problem, which he recently recovered from in time to feature for Brazil during the international break.
After being left out of the squad for Saturday’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City, he now looks set to play a part in Wednesday’s Champions League group stage clash against Sevilla.
When asked if Coutinho would be involved, Klopp simply replied: “Yes,” as reported by Liverpoolfc.com.
Klopp was also questioned about the fitness of Mohamed Salah, who was replaced at half-time at the Eithad Stadium.
“He is completely OK,” he added.
While Sadio Mane will also be available during midweek, despite his red card against City, the presence of Coutinho is sure to be a welcomed lift for the entire squad.
The return of a man tipped to reach world-class heights over the next season marks the kind of boost this team will greet with open arms as they look to regroup and respond to an unfamiliar setback.
Suffering from a crushing defeat must not trigger fear or hesitation, but instead spark a revival and fuel an angry Liverpool team, desperate to get back on the pitch.
Learn, forget and look ahead.