Friday roundup: Coutinho and Firmino doubts; Klopp on Mourinho; £ 45 million attacker linked

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Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool celebrates with Roberto Firmino of Liverpool as he scores their fourth goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Hull City at Anfield on September 24, 2016 in Liverpool, England.
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According to the Liverpool Echo, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are doubts to face Southampton on the 19th of November. The Brazilian duo will be on international duty just 48 hours prior to kick-off and the travelling they have to do to be back in time makes it doubtful they’ll be ready in time to play at St. Mary’s.

Both of Liverpool’s Brazilian magicians have been selected to face Argentina and Peru and will have to make a round trip of 12,000 miles. Recently, Jurgen Klopp has made for ‘special arrangements’ to ensure that Coutinho and Firmino are back in Liverpool in time for their Premier League fixtures.

The Brazilian stars will only arrive back in Liverpool on the Thursday before the game – a mere 24 hours before they’re set to travel to Southampton for the Premier League game. It wouldn’t be surprising to see both start from the bench to prevent fatigue.

Jurgen Klopp has responded to comments that Jose Mourinho made about Liverpool not being “the last wonder of the world” and suggested that, as a reuslt of their history, the Reds have a duty to play excting, attacking football.

According to the Independent, Klopp said that he is “not a per cent interested” in arguing with Mourinho over playing styles.

He continued, “Even if you are 15th in the league with bad performance after bad performance after bad performance, you are still Liverpool. And if the other team beat you, they make a big thing about it.

“We cannot ignore our responsibility together with this name, so we have to play this kind of football.

“So that means if you are going to defend against us, don’t give us a lot of spaces. But even if you don’t give us a lot of space, we can still create things and that makes a good team.

“I don’t know where it will lead to but, at the end, if you have the ball more often than the other team and they don’t think about defending, it is not too smart.”

Even if Klopp is not interested in a “war of words” as ESPN’s Glenn Price put it, Mourinho will ensure that this drags on as it’s his style.

According to Don Balon, Liverpool might make a move for Inaki Williams in the January transfer window and could activate his £45 million release clause to do so.

As I said yesterday, as good as Williams might be, £45 million for an untested winger who has never played in the Premier League is unlikely to be sanctioned by FSG.

That being said, the Spaniard would be a good replacement for Sadio Mane while the Senegal attacker is at the African Cup of Nations at the turn of the year.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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