Philippe Coutinho and Marko Grujić have returned to training to hand Jürgen Klopp an early Christmas present.
Liverpool have had to make do without the special talent of Philippe Coutinho since he damaged ligaments in his ankle in a robust challenge with Sunderland’s Didier Ndong at the tail end of November but his return is drawing nearer.
Marko Grujic is also back from injury and it would seem both have stepped up their rehabilitation as they returned to training and were pictured in training gear which is to suggest that they took part in a light session of some kind to slowly get them back into rhythm.
— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) December 19, 2016
Speaking last week, Klopp stated that Coutinho has been improving with each passing day.
“It would be cool (if he was available to face City),” he said. “I won’t stop him. In this moment he is improving a lot.
“He is off his crutches since the West Ham game, when we left the stadium he was walking in front without them. We will have to see. No idea at the moment.
“I never rush a player back. I’m the most patient person in Liverpool. I always wait for someone. I can’t rush it.”
Coutinho’s return to the fold is a huge boost to Liverpool’s title chances, especially with Sadio Mane leaving in January. Klopp will be able to cope in the New Year with the Senegal attacker if Coutinho is fully fit and if anything, Mane’s last-gasp winner in the Merseyside Derby just emphasises how important he has become to this team.
Although Grujic has seen very little Premier League football, featuring more in the league cup, his presence on the bench as an alternative has been missed and Klopp will be very glad to have his new signing back.