There have been plenty of encouraging signs with regards to the injury Philippe Coutinho picked up on Monday but none more so pleasing than the latest update from the man himself.
A dead leg as a result of a tough challenge meant the Brazilian had to be replaced by Adam Lallana in the 13th minute of the recent 1-0 win over Watford at Vicarage Road.
He has since appeared to recover well having taken to social media after the game to assure fans that it wasn’t a serious problem.
The possibility of Coutinho featuring in Sunday’s clash with Southampton has been supported by some optimistic words from the forward.
“The injury is much better. It was a hard tackle and what happened was a dead leg. It caused a lot of pain in the area I was hit, but the pain has reduced now,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“At the moment, I am feeling very well – the first couple of days were the most painful. Of course, when you have to come out of such an important like this one, and when you leave that early, it frustrates you, but thanks to God it was nothing major – just a strong tackle.”
“It was nothing too serious and the main thing was we won the game and we left the match very pleased and happy because the result was very good for us. The main thing was for us to come home with the three points.”
Though his return has been expected all week, it would still come as a significant boost ahead of Liverpool’s final three games.
Emre Can’s wonder goal aside, there was a lot of room for improvement as far as the team’s attacking play was concerned against Watford, thereby making Coutinho’s availability crucial when it comes to trying to break down a strong Southampton side.
Jurgen Klopp will be undoubtedly eager for what would be a timely opportunity to field Roberto Firmino, Lallana and Coutinho together for the first time in six weeks.