Major Injury Boost For Liverpool As Duo Take Part In Klopps First Training Session
Liverpool have been handed a major injury boost as Philippe Coutinho was able to take part in Jurgen Klopp’s first training session at Melwood today.
Liverpool have been handed a major injury boost as Philippe Coutinho was able to take part in Jurgen Klopp’s first training session today, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Klopp arrived at the Reds Melwood training base on Monday morning to begin work as the new Liverpool manager three days after being unveiled as Brendan Rodgers’ replacement at Anfield.
The German was handed an immediate boost as Coutinho was one of nine first-team players who were present at his first session – which according to the Echo began at 2.30pm this afternoon and last around 75 minutes.
Coutinho was a major fitness concern for Liverpool after he was forced to withdraw from the Brazil squad last week and miss their international’s after suffering a groin injury.
However, it appears the playmaker has made a swift recovery after he joined Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva, James Milner, Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Toure and Joao Carlos Teixeira in training today.
Obviously several players are still away on international duty but it will be a real fillip for Klopp if Coutinho is passed fit for Saturday’s trip to White Hart Lane for his first game in charge against Tottenham.
In what is a double injury boost, Dejan Lovren was also able to take part in training today for the first time since being stretchered off against Carlisle in the Capital One Cup last month.
The centre-back was a favourite under Rodgers having been signed by the Northern Irishman from Southampton last summer but it will be interesting to see how he’s used by new boss Klopp.
While it was positive to to see Coutinho and Lovren back in training, Roberto Firmino remains absent with a back injury so he continues to miss out along with long-term injury victims Jordan Henderson and Christian Benteke.
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