Jurgen Klopp will be happy with the fact that Philippe Coutinho returned to training this week but the German coach is not rushing him back.
Liverpool fans can’t wait to see Coutinho back in a Red shirt after the talented midfielder missed several weeks of Premier League football with an ankle ligament injury. Although the intial timeline for his injury had him returning in the New Year, Coutinho has his sights set on a comeback against Manchester City – a side that he loves scoring against.
With just over a week until the game against Manchester City, Coutinho has returned to training but is definitely not playing against Stoke City the day after Boxing Day. Even though Coutinho might appear at Anfield on New Year’s Eve against the Citizens, it could just be a 10 minute cameo to get his touch and confidence back after a long spell out.
That being said, there is no doubt that Jurgen Klopp will not be taking any chances with his most talented player and has said as much.
When quizzed if Coutinho would be available on New Year’s Eve Klopp said, “It would be cool. 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,” Klopp added.
“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.”
It’s good to know that Klopp is very cautious with injuries. His patience and care with Daniel Sturridge over the Englishman’s injuries showed that, not only does have the patience to persist with a frustrating character but that he also knows how to manage different players.
Coutinho will be a massive boost when he does return to the lineup but for now, we’ll have to make do with Divock Origi, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge. Not too bad if you ask me.