The latest on Philippe Coutinho's fitness

Jürgen Klopp told the club’s official website that Philippe Coutinho will be monitored before a decision is made over whether or not he is fit to face NK Maribor.

After missing out on Liverpool’s much improved 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town at the weekend with a pesky abductor issue, Philippe Coutinho will be monitored to see if he is fit enough to take part in the Reds’ Group E Champions League fixture against NK Maribor.

Although he wasn’t missed at the weekend too much, Maribor will be looking to improve on the 7-0 defeat they suffered at the hands of Liverpool in Slovenia two weeks ago and having as many of his best players available will be important for Jürgen Klopp.

Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Klopp said, “To be honest, it doesn’t look likely, but yesterday he was on the pitch running. Everything looks good, but not sure. We’ll see.

“We didn’t speak about him today so far, it’s quite early and there are still a few hours until we train tonight and a few hours until the game. If he is ready, he is playing. If not, not.”

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If Coutinho is deemed unfit for the Reds’ fourth Champions League game of the season then it becomes more likely that the Brazilian midfielder will be fit to face West Ham at the weekend in the Premier League.

With Daniel Sturridge coming into the side in his place on Saturday and scoring, Klopp is not in a position where he is without options. Moreover, the German manager could hand Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a start as well to add pace to the side and give Sturridge a rest if he plans on using him against West Ham.

Liverpool aren’t short of options at the moment up front despite injury to both Coutinho and Sadio Mane.

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