By Harvey Byrne
Philippe Coutinho is a doubt for Liverpool’s Premier League showdown against Tottenham on Saturday.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder complained about a tightness in his hamstring following last weekend’s defeat against Burnley and the Brazilian sat out of the midweek match against Burton.
The Reds star man only took part in light training at Melwood on Thursday and manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Coutinho could miss the lunchtime clash against Spurs at White Hart Lane.
“The muscle was a little stiff,” said Klopp, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. “He felt something so we didn’t want to take a risk (against Burton).
“We left him out of training until now. We have to make a decision on Friday with what we can do with him.
“It is not a situation to take any risk. We have to talk to the player.
“From the medical side, it is not a big issue, but it was big enough to leave him out of the squad for Burton.”
Coutinho, who played the full 90 minutes in the club’s shock 2-0 defeat at Turf Moor last Saturday, has started both of the Reds’ two Premier League matches of the new campaign.
He is widely regarded as Liverpool’s outstanding player and was the architect of their stunning opening-day 4-3 win over Arsenal in which he contributed two sensational goals.
His absence against Spurs would be a major blow to Klopp and huge boost to Mauricio Pochettinos’ side, who will regard Coutinho as the chief dangerman.
The match against Spurs is being broadcasted on Sky Sports at 12:30pm.
In other Liverpool team news, Steven Gerrard has revealed that Rafael Benitez was the best manager he has ever worked with.