Jürgen Klopp has revealed that Philippe Coutinho could make a long-awaited return from injury against Southampton in the English Football League Cup on Wednesday.
Liverpool will travel to St. Mary’s for the first leg of the semi-final of the English Football League Cup on Wednesday and much to the delight of supporters, Philippe Coutinho might be in the matchday squad for the game.
The Brazilian has been out injured since he suffered ligament damage in his ankle in November during a Premier League game against Sunderland at Anfield. His absence was mitigated by the balance that Jürgen Klopp has managed to bring to his team. The Reds managed to pick up 12 points out of a possible 15 during the festive period without his help.
As much as you could argue that Liverpool have done well without Coutinho, there is no denying that Klopp’s side are better with him in the side and with Sadio Mane off gallivanting in Africa, he’s actually needed more than ever.
Speaking at his pre-match presser, Kloppo said, via Sky Sports, “I think Phil is fit enough to be a big part of the squad. (It) means there could be minutes. It depends on the game,” the Liverpool manager said.
“It’s been six or seven weeks. It’s long. But no final decision has been made until now.
“I think [it was] the third complete session, tomorrow is the fourth.”
Liverpool are hopeful of making good progress towards making it to their second successive league cup final with a win over Southampton and many will be hoping for a positive cameo from Coutinho to set the visitors on their way to cup glory in Klopp’s first full season in England.
Manchester United might lie in wait, should they overcome Hull City (they should), and it will be a terrific final to watch for the neutral. For now, however, Klopp will be prepping his players for a resolute Soton side that has frustrated Liverpool once already this season.