By Coral Barry
Philippe Coutinho will be assessed by Liverpool’s medical staff when he arrives back in England on Thursday ahead of the Premier League showdown with Tottenham on Saturday, according to a report.
The Brazilian playmaker has been on international duty with his country and it is unclear what condition he will be in when he returns to Melwood.
Coutinho was not heavily involved in Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Paraguay which will serve as some relief to Jurgen Klopp.
Brazil recorded back-to-back 2-2 draws against their South American rivals and Coutinho managed 23 minutes against Uruguay last week and was an unused substitute against Paraguay on Wednesday.
However, a report by the Liverpool Echo on Wednesday morning claim that the 13-hour journey back to Liverpool is expected to take its toll on Coutinho and the medical staff are worried he may be too exhausted to start against Tottenham.
Coutinho is expected back in training on Thursday after making the 6,300 mile return trip from Paraguay.
Liverpool are hoping to reignite their small glimmer of hope that they could snatch a spot in Europe next season through a top-four league finish by beating Spurs at Anfield.
However, Tottenham are still chasing the title and will be a major hurdle to clear for the Merseysiders in their own bid to remain in touch with league leaders Leicester.
Klopp will have 19 players returning from international duty and will be hoping that there will be no fresh injury concerns after Christian Benteke and Divock Origi pulled out of the Belgium squad last week.