By Merseyside correspondent Coral Barry
Philippe Coutinho is in contention to play in Jurgen Klopp’s eagerly awaited first match as Liverpool manager, Football Insider sources understand.
Liverpool’s reigning Player of the Year took part in Klopp’s first training session on Monday despite pulling out of the Brazil squad last week with a groin problem.
Coutinho is now expected to be available for Saturday’s Premier League visit to Tottenham in what is a major boost for Klopp.
The 23-year-old is widely regarded as Liverpool’s most creative player and has caught the attention of the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea with his performances over the last 15 months.
He has started all but one of Liverpool’s eight Premier League matches this season, missing out only when he was serving a one-man check suspension.
International duty meant just nine first-team players, supplemented by three youth team goalkeepers, were present at Melwood as Klopp put his new charges through their paces on Monday afternoon.
Last week Coutinho pulled out of Brazil’s squad for World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Venezuela with a minor groin injury.